Thursday, October 11, 2007

As if you needed another reason to avoid NASCAR

You know how if you travel abroad to some foreign land they'll tell you that you should get all of these immunizations because you're going to a place were the population might lack certain necessary hygienic amenities or behaviors or whatever? Well, apparently a NASCAR track is one of those places.
Getting a hepatitis shot is standard procedure for travelers to parts of Africa and Asia, but some congressional aides were instructed to get immunized before going to Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord and the racetrack in Talladega, Ala.

The House Homeland Security Committee planned a fact-finding trip about public health preparedness at mass gatherings and decided to conduct the research at two of the nation's most heavily attended sporting events, NASCAR's Bank of America 500 event this weekend and the UAW-Ford 500 last weekend.

Staff who organized the trips advised the NASCAR-bound aides to get a range of vaccines before attending -- hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and influenza.

Unfortunately there's no vaccine against mulleted white trash with bad sunburns. Someday...

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