Booster Shots

Oddities, musings and news from the health world

« Previous Post | Booster Shots Home | Next Post »

Because what we really need is another celebrity-laced vaccine controversy

November 9, 2009 |  4:35 pm

Corgan If you're considering getting vaccinated against the H1N1 flu strain, there's something you should know: Billy Corgan wouldn't.

The Smashing Pumpkins' frontman recently wrote on his blog Everything From Here to There:

"I for one will not be taking the vaccine. I do not trust those who make the vaccines, or the apperatus [sic] behind it all to push it on us thru fear. This is not judgment; it is a personal decision based on research, intuition, conversations with my doctor and my ‘family’. If the virus comes to take me Home, that is between me and the Lord. I have put up some of these links to inspire the question in you, so that perhaps you can make a better decision for yourself."

He didn't stop here, or there, of course, weighing in about the choice of living or dying; fear's connection to love; and the potentially questionable existence of Robert Zimmerman.

Here's a post about the topic, complete with context involving Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and his views on healthcare reform.

Unable to resist, the blog Respectful Insolence reliably and pointedly weighs in:

"I actually used to like Smashing Pumpkins back in the 1990s. Unfortunately, its leader, Billy Corgan, has just revealed himself to be as medically ignorant as Jenny McCarthy in a recent blog post."

Still no word on what the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thinks of that last album.

-- Tami Dennis  

Photo: Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins performs last December. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times