(Closed) Swine flu, anyone considering cancelling??

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

we are booked for the same area in mid-June and are kinda playing it by ear for a couple weeks before we make that decision.  I have a Bridesmaid or Best Man who’s b/f is an infectious disease control doc here in Atlanta and working with the CDC so we’ll base our decision heavily on his recommendation.

Post # 4
1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Playa is an absolutely gorgeous (and fun!) place to visit…I’m hoping you don’t have to cancel! Keeping my fingers crossed for all of the Mexican-bound honeymooners…

Post # 5
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Well, you know — there’s swine flu pretty much everywhere now. It’s been in Mexico for a while and it might die down by the time you get there, whereas it could just be picking up speed here.

I’m honestly a little worried about people traveling for our wedding, just in general. I’m flying to Texas next week and I’m thinking about wearing a mask on the plane. Maybe it’s overkill, but I’ve got a friend at the American Academy of Pediatrics who’s going to keep me updated. It’s so weird to be worrying about flu in May. 

Post # 6
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010


You may want to check out the CDC’s website.  They are pretty good about timely updates and I always prefer to get information direct from the source.  This link discusses the Swine Flu & travel:  http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentSwineFluMexico.aspx   The CDC has not advised travelers to avoid Mexico at this time, so you can certainly play it by ear for now.

Of course the Swine Flu is already spreading internationally (US, Spain, New Zealand, South America, etc), but the cases in Mexico have so far been primarily centered around Mexico City and the Mexico/US border.  You may want to check with your doctor about prescribing Tamiflu for you & your fiance if the Swine Flu is still an issue in June.

Post # 7
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m with you GGSB…am an ATL area health professional and I’m eyeing this issue..if anybody comes in with fluish symptoms, we’re probably going to immediately mask them.

Earlier this year we went out of the country (our ill fated engagimoon from heyall) and originally we were going to go to secrets maroma but ended up in Jamaica b/c we were worried about the safety issues regarding some of the travel advisories related to drug cartels/violence in Mexico..but since this has become a newer issue, I guess we will not be headed to mexico for quite some time..until this whole thing is over.

Issue at hand is the fact that the flu season is almost over, but it might just be a lingering issue…and linger until flu season begins. 

Post # 8
44 posts
  • Wedding: November 2008

We’re booked for Playa Del Carmen at the end of May, and we’re playing it by ear as well… we can cancel without penalty up to two weeks before the trip, and airlines have started saying they will waive fees to change your flights to Mexico, so we’ve started pricing out trips to other locations.  You girls with CDC connections, keep us posted!  I’ve been researching for this trip for months, and I’m really hoping we won’t have to change/cancel it.  

Post # 9
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009


According to this article, recommendations are now coming out that travelers avoid Mexico.  But it says that the CDC will not prohibit travel because the disease is already spreading so fast, you’re just as likely to catch it here as in another country.  If you are traveling to Mexico soon, though, you might just want to be aware of the CDC presence at the US borders.

Post # 10
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Re:amysue wanting to wear a mask

I’m a tad bit of a germaphobe… but that’s because I fly a lot. People in general are disgusting & when you strap them into a large metal tube for 4-6 hours they only get worse. During the winter months I actually do wear a surgical mask in-flight. I don’t broadcast it or walk around in it & I do explain to the person next to me about why I have the mask (travel a lot & really can’t afford to get sick). 9 times out of 10 people believe that you’re the one extremely contagious lol. Last winter I got on a flight & this guy wouldn’t stop talking to me before the flight took off… so I whipped out my mask & said "Sorry don’t want to infect you" and tried to fall asleep. Once the fasten seatbelt sign was turned off he switched seats lol. People will look at you funny, but just keep saying: I’ll never see these people again! I totally get where you’re coming from amysue! I’m flying to Texas on Tuesday & I am also thinking about wearing a mask on the flight back…

I wouldn’t consider canceling just yet maybe wait until the end of May! If this epidemic gets worse & the violence still hasn’t subsided though I think cancelling your honeymoon to Mexico would be a smart idea. It’s not worth the risk.

Post # 11
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Too funny, Recessionista! Glad I’m not the only one. Like you, I almost always *want* to wear a mask on a plane, so I guess this is a good excuse. trouble is, the ones I bought at the grocery store today are not the kind that would protect me; they’d just protect other people from me. I’ve heard that to get the right kind, I’d have to go to a medical supply store.

Post # 12
113 posts
Blushing bee

We are headed to Cabo mid June for our honeymoon. Right now, we are keeping our plans in place and we will watch the news and see what they are saying about the flu mid May.  I really don’t want to have to change our plans!!!  

Post # 13
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Fiance and I just had dinner with a friend who was worried about traveling and we told her to wear a mask — like RecessionistaBride says, you won’t be seeing these people ever again ;).

For those of you who are planning on heading to Mexico for your Honeymoon, I hope things ultimately go well and that you above all err on the side of caution! I know my Fiance is the kind of person who usually assumes these things are mostly media blowups but regardless, being aware and being smart about your health is important. It also seems airlines are allowing rebooking without fines and change fees, so take advantage. Good luck to you all!

Post # 14
473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Actually, my employer just told all of us that we can’t travel to Mexico until further notice. So, good thing we haven’t booked our honeymoon yet!

Either way, I’d play it by ear…. Good luck!

Post # 15
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

Actually this is a pandemic, not an epidemic.

I wouldn’t travel to Mexico at this time.  You aren’t as likely to get the porcine flu from a place with NO reported cases as you are from a place with 120 reported deaths from it.  Just sayin.  I wouldn’t chance it.

My germy habits?  I spray my keyboard and mouse down with a mini can of Lysol.  I wash my hands constantly.  I carry hand sanitizer.  I carry tissues with me so that I never touch my face, nose, or eyes.  I usually only do all that when there’s a bug going around, and I think this qualifies!

Post # 16
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I just saw on the news that they do not want People to travel to Mexico if you don’t have too!  I feel so bad for all the honeymooners.

My Cousin and her Husband have a cruise booked there in two weeks.  They are going to get out of it I think.

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