I am new to the group and getting married in Playa next Saturday. I called me doctor this morning and she recommended calling the CDC. I talked to them and below is the resulting email to my guests. I hope it helps! PS - They are recommending that people that are younger than age 7, older than 54 or have a pre-existing medical condition not travel.
I wanted to let all of you know that I just got off the phone with the CDC. I wanted them to clarify "non-essential travel" as it pertains to our situation. As of now they would not recommending that we cancel wedding plans as we have invested a lot of time and money in planning (therefore it is essential to us). I do understand that many of you have families that are your number one priority and that our wedding is not considered as essential to you as it is to us. Please know that we are monitoring this very closely. I will call the CDC back in a few days and will give you another update. A lot can change in 7 days.
The CDC did make several recommendations for those that still plan on traveling:
1. Call your doctor and tell them you are traveling to Mexico. Request a prescription for Tamiflu for Relenza to take with you. You will have it on hand should you start to develop any symptoms which will drastically reduce your infection. If necessary ask for several disposible masks to take with you (these will be great for pictures!).
2. Call your health insurance provider to make sure that you have coverage in Mexico should you need to visit a doctor or hospital. There is a doctor on-site at the Royal, but I have also be provided you with the information for the closest hospitals in Playa del Carmen below:
- Clinica Medica del Carmen - Medical Service in Playa del Carmen
Hospital services: 984-873-0885
Location: 25th Ave. between Calle 2 and Juarez
- Hospiten - Medical Service in Playa del Carmen
Full hospital with all medical and emergency services: 984-803-1002
Location: Hwy 307 on the North bound side near the Playacar entrance
3. Take all regular precautionary flu measures (i.e. wash your hands often or use antibacterial lotion (with 60% alcohol or more), sneeze into your sleeve, not your hand and don't shake hands with a lot of people, etc).
4. Monitor your health for seven days after your return.
They did not say that pregnant women should not travel. What they did say is that should you decide to go you need to take extra precautionary measures (have antibacterial lotion on you at all times and possibly wear a mask). If you happen to contract the virus it would be worse for you than others considering some people have had 103 degree temperatures. Please consult your doctor and make the best decision for you and your family.
For those that haven't already done this and plan to go to Playa, please register your travel with the US Department of State (https://travelregist...te.gov/ibrs/ui/
). Registration allows you to record information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can assist you in case of an emergency.