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Indianapolis 500 officials to offer measles vaccines to racing fans


Before Sunday's annual Indianapolis 500 race, fans can receive measles shots inside the oval. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Before racing fans get a shot of excitement at the Indianapolis 500, they can receive a more meaningful shot — a measles vaccine.

At Friday’s Carb Day, the final practice session before Sunday’s race, would-be spectators will be offered the vaccine at the track’s infield medical center.

On Thursday, IndyCar medical director Geoffrey Billows claimed a “very limited supply” of vaccines will be available at the building near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway museum.

Most insurance companies will cover the cost but it will set those without insurance back about $60, reported the Indianapolis Star.

Those with unknown vaccination status, international travelers and students at postsecondary institutions are encouraged to receive the shot.

Measles formerly had been one of the most common U.S. diseases but gradually became rare after prevalent 1960s vaccinations. But measles cases are on the rise as some families are choosing not to get vaccinated despite numerous public health recommendations.

In Bloomington, about 50 miles south of Indianapolis, at least 20 confirmed cases of mumps were reported at Indiana University.

Sunday will mark the 103rd running of the annual Indy 500. Expected to perform at Carb Day will be Foreigner and Kool & the Gang. Previous Carb Day concert headliners have included Journey, Poison, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stone Temple Pilots, Live and Smash Mouth.