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Going to Nascar? news story...

NASCAR cooties

House Homeland Security Committee staffers are on a peculiar mission to study "public health issues at events involving mass gatherings," which has personally insulted Rep. Robin Hayes of Concord, North Carolina.

The event: NASCAR.

The rub: the requirement that the Democrat and Republican staffers attending first be immunized against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria, and influenza.

"I have never heard of immunizations for domestic travel, and as the representative for Concord, North Carolina, I feel compelled to ask why the heck the committee feels that immunizations are needed to travel to my hometown," Mr. Hayes, a Republican, said in a letter to Rep. Bennie Thompson, Mississippi Democrat and committee chairman.

"I have been to numerous NASCAR races, and the folks who attend these events certainly do not pose any health hazard to congressional staffers or anyone else," Mr. Hayes said.

A committee staffer says that the Republican staffers have declined the shots but that two Democrat staffers were immunized before attending the race at Talladega last weekend.

A phone call to the committee spokesman was not returned.

— Audrey Hudson, Homeland Security reporter, The Washington Times
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229003 tn?1193701924
OMG my family lives in Asheville - I would like to know why they feel the need to vaccinate as well - if you hear anything please let me know - thanks Beth
173975 tn?1216257775
Yeah,I heard about that!

And that's whose running the country!


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Speaking of NASCAR. Anyone following Formula 1 this year? I'm a big Hamilton fan although I wish he'd thicken his skin a little with all the nonsense at this year's soap opera. Anyway, next weeks' finale in Brazil is very anticipated over here.

-- Jim
229003 tn?1193701924
have you heard anymore about it?  I called my son in law he runs the food service program at UNC and he said no one knows about it there
148987 tn?1287805926
I think it should be advised before eating the food at any state fair, rodeo or carnival, and probably NASCAR events as well. Have you ever seen some of that food ? It should have a bio-hazard sticker on it.

Anywho, I heard that NASCAR events had a higher than usual rate of food poisenings etc and that's why the warning was issued. Never been to NASCAR so I'm safe.
229003 tn?1193701924
wow I had no idea - that's scary stuff...what if a person who had no idea they have HCV, goes to a race, eats contaminated food, they could die if they contracted HBV

I agree they should advise everyone and put much more emphasis on Twinrix - I wish they would make it mandatory to have Twinrix shots prior to working in any area of the food industry...Another thing for me to worry about LOL

Thanks for the response *dip*
144210 tn?1273088782
Well duhhh. We all know that those scummy white trash nascar fans are all a bunch of inbred hillbillies whit all kinds of diseases.  Us progressive liberal commie loving aristocats have known that forever, duhhh!
229003 tn?1193701924
my son in law and my grandson go to NASCAR - they most certainly are not white trash - that was not nice to say!
144210 tn?1273088782
Just illustrating the absurb with absurb humor. Meant no offense. I love NASCAR.
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