Archive for Friday, May 1, 2009

Swine flu leads Tonganoxie couple to cancel honeymoon trip to Mexico

May 1, 2009


Hollie Fritz and Justin Van Dyke of Tonganoxie have canceled their honeymoon trip to Mexico because of swine flu concerns.

Hollie Fritz and Justin Van Dyke of Tonganoxie have canceled their honeymoon trip to Mexico because of swine flu concerns.

Swine Flu Pandemic

An outbreak of H1N1 Swine Flu was reported in Mexico in April 2009. By the end of May, it had spread across the U.S., with all 50 states reporting cases.

— Hollie Fritz and Justin Van Dyke, both of Tonganoxie, will exchange vows in just a few days.

However, they’re putting a rain check on a honeymoon getaway to Mexico because of swine flu concerns.

Fritz said she researched influenza reports and she and her fiancée decided to cancel plans for a honeymoon trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Waiting to see whether reports might have been over-exaggerated, Fritz said the situation “seemed to get worse than better.”

She canceled travel and hotel arrangements earlier this week, noting that they didn’t want to worry about wearing masks or getting swine flu while on their honeymoon.

“After we canceled, I felt a lot better,” Fritz said. “We just bought a house. We can take time to move in and not have to worry about going to Mexico.”

Fritz said they received airline vouchers and will have a year to schedule another trip. In addition, they received a full refund for their resort accommodations.

The couple is thinking about taking a honeymoon trip in August, but haven’t determined their destination.

“It might be Mexico, it might not be,” Fritz said.


Lesta 9 years, 1 month ago

Normally I give these type of stories the benefit of the doubt. But this one? Text book investigative reporting. TEXT BOOK, I say! It does blow for this couple (congrats, btw) but, come on, is this really news? Someone at the LJW owes me the three minutes I've just wasted reading this story and posting my comment. Have a nice weekend.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 years, 1 month ago

What in the hell is going on here? It is the flu, dammit!!! I have had the flu, most of you have had the flu, and you feel awful for a few days. This strain seems to be no different than previous outbreaks. But in this day and time of hyped hysteria, it is a calamity, a catastrophe, a disaster beyond all comprehension. The 24 hour cycle news media has whipped this into a hysterical frenzy that resembles the local weather heads every time a cloud comes over and it rains. School districts are closed, the vice president seems to be an expert on advice to the millions, people are acting irrational and panicked. Where has everyone's intellect and common sense evaporated to????? My God, people, stop and think a second. There have been flu outbreaks for years. Yes some older and younger folks have died, it has happened before and this is nothing new. We should all be cautious in any event of contageous disease, but the hysteria and hype that the media and the government have created on this issue is way over the top, and the 24 hour news outlets are causing a huge disservice with their constant drumbeat and "news" about this "terrible plague" You would think this was worse than the "Black Plague" Everyone, breathe deep and get a grip!

eotw33 9 years, 1 month ago

Lawrence man's shoes get wet due to rain! Who cares, this is supposed to be a NEWS paper, not a family newsletter

kansas_o_kansas 9 years, 1 month ago

This sounds more like a story you'd read in The Onion. Are these people related to the Editor or something?

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