Leslie Carol Botha: How can one trust that a drug manufacturer’s product is safe for public consumption (in this case injection) when money is being blatantly passed between the drug company (in this case Merck manufacturer of the Gardasil HPV vaccine) and a well-respected source for medical information? Where are the ethics?
Documents Show Merck Paid This Popular Website $3.5 Million Dollars for Promoting Vaccines
Jan 4th, 2013 | By Jeffry John Aufderheide
The influence is subtle for the unsuspecting parent – especially on popular websites such as WebMD.
According to documents located on Merck’s website, at least $3,592,850 dollars was paid to Medscape LLC, a subsidiary of WebMD Health, from 2008 through 2012. If you factor in other cancer programs promoted on WebMD by Merck, the total figure comes to $3,982,850. The amount is likely higher as one of the documents on the website is unavailable. 
Last year I wrote about doctors getting paid over $18,810,495.52 by Merck to promote their vaccines. You might notice a common theme: pharmaceutical companies pay huge sums of money to buy influence. WebMD is no exception. 
Until recently, the actual amounts have been anyone’s guess – and I think you will agree that 3.5 million dollars is a significant amount.
WHAT DID MERCK’S MONEY BUY?
If we take a look at the WebMD website, you will notice a web page called Lifetime of Vaccines. It is sponsored by Merck. 
Waiting for you is a video message by Julie Gerberding, former head of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). She promotes the reasons why we should get vaccinated. Before you listen to her message, you should know she lobbied to get the dangerous Gardasil vaccine (also a Merck product) onto the vaccine schedule. She is also the current president of the Vaccine Division at Merck Pharmaceuticals.
Other sections of the website downplay any adverse reactions to vaccines or what is in the vaccines. For example, Merck softens the list of toxic ingredients in vaccines, listing only aluminum, mercury/thimerosal, antibiotics and formaldehyde, attributing to each a single sentence description. 
Not only do they downplay the toxicity of the ingredients, they also forget to mention the many other vaccine ingredients. What do I mean?
For starters, a very small sample of vaccine ingredients includes:
- Aluminum Hydroxide (Heavy Metal)
- Egg Protein
- Bovine Calf Serum
- Thimerosal (Heavy Metal)
- Calf Skin
- Aborted Fetal Tissue (Human Diploid Tissue)
- Monkey Kidney Tissue
- Mouse Brain