Indianapolis 500 fans may walk away with more than just a beer buzz and a hoarse voice. Some may receive a measles vaccine. IndyCar medical director Geoffrey Billows says that a “very limited supply” of vaccines will be made available at a medical building near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway museum. He also says that most insurance companies should step up to cover the costs.
The race is expected to house 275,000 fans. IndyCar is one of the country’s most popular sports. Its rabid fanbase is often in the hundreds of thousands for live events. To give perspective, NFL football games house 80,000 fans at most for each game.
The race is set to begin tomorrow. There are no estimates on how many people may opt in for a measles vaccine prior to enjoying the race.