Read on after the jump to find out why immunizations are necessary for staffers attending NASCAR races.
[Source: The Charlotte Observer]
Listen, it's flu-shot time anyway, but the rest seem a bit ridiculous on the face of things. If you didn't know better, you might think the stands at a NASCAR event were a disease-riddled petri dish based on the vaccination list. Naturally, this didn't sit well with Rep. Robin Hayes (R - NC), who hails from Concord, NC, where Lowe's Motor Speedway is located. He complained about the negative impression the immunization requirement makes in a letter to committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D - MS). Hayes, you see, has attended many races in his hometown without contracting, say, diptheria.
Thompson replied in a letter of his own which stated that the vaccinations were recommended not to combat NASCAR aficionados' cooties, but because the staffers involved would also be visiting local medical facilities (hospitals, etc.) as part of the study, and preventive vaccinations are good practice in such cases. In short, it seems like a pretty big misunderstanding (mixed with some political gamesmanship, to be sure) that could have been avoided with better communication. Had that been the case, we'd have never even heard about it. Instead, it's the top headline on Drudge as I write this. Politicians...