Documents Show Merck Paid This Popular Website $3.5 Million Dollars for Promoting Vaccines

Have you ever wondered how some websites come to promote vaccines? Well, here’s the answer: Pharmaceutical companies pay enormous amounts of money for websites to promote vaccines.

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. [1]

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. [2]

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.


If we take a look at the WebMD website, you will notice a web page called Lifetime of Vaccines. It is sponsored by Merck. [3]

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. [4]

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
  • Formaldehyde
  • Bovine Calf Serum
  • Thimerosal (Heavy Metal)
  • Calf Skin
  • Aborted Fetal Tissue (Human Diploid Tissue)
  • Monkey Kidney Tissue
  • Mouse Brain

Being an informed parent includes knowing exactly what substances the doctor injects into your child! Click on the link now to get the larger list of vaccine ingredients. [5]

I should point out the amount of money WebMD was paid is just a small piece of the total pie that Merck and other pharmaceutical companies have funded to websites to promote vaccines. The Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA) and other legislation now requires pharmaceutical companies to make this information available to the public by 2013.

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The pharmaceutical company pockets run deep. When analyzed, you can see how much influence their money can buy.

Parents want strong children and honest answers. Do you really think Merck invested all of this money to educate you about vaccines or to sell their product? I will leave you to be the judge of that important question.

Lastly, as new documents become available, my hope is that parents will start to see how Big Pharma runs their operations: spending their cash to buy influence. Maybe vaccine safety does have a price tag.

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Program / Project Description



Medscape, LLC Medscape/ Nemours Children Hospital: Rotavirus Lecture 154,000 9/17/2008
Medscape, LLC Medscape Spotlight, Case and Clinical Recap: Vaccines 300,000 3/16/2009
Medscape, LLC Oncology: Web Program 60,000 3/10/2009
Medscape, LLC Web Program and Publication: Rotavirus 135,000 7/1/2009
Medscape, LLC Roundtable Web Program 35,000 7/1/2009
Medscape, LLC Web Program: Pediatric Immunization 219,450 8/18/2010
Medscape, LLC Web Program: Pediatric Immunization 202,000 8/18/2010
Medscape, LLC Web Program: Rotavirus 187,000 9/28/2010
Medscape, LLC Adult Immunization Web Program 235,000.00 5/2/2011
Medscape, LLC Rotavirus Web Program 220,000.00 5/2/2011
Medscape, LLC Adult Immunization Web Program 180,000.00 5/2/2011
Medscape, LLC Oncology Web Program 80,000.00 5/2/2011
Medscape, LLC Oncology Web Program 150,000.00 5/2/2011
Medscape, LLC Rotavirus Web Program 203,000.00 5/18/2011
Medscape, LLC Rotavirus Web Program 147,000.00 6/14/2011
Medscape, LLC 2011 ASH Multiple Myeloma Web Programs 100,000.00 7/13/2011
Medscape, LLC 2011 AAP HPV Symposium 368,900.00 10/28/2011
Medscape, LLC Rotavirus Web Programs 174,000.00 3/5/2012
Medscape, LLC Adult Immunization Web Program 201,000.00 4/30/2012
Medscape, LLC Adult Immunization Web Program 201,000.00 4/30/2012
Medscape, LLC Immunization Web Program 254,500.00 4/30/2012
Medscape, LLC Rotavirus Web Programs 176,000.00 5/30/2012
TOTAL $3,982,850.00


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Jeffry John Aufderheide

Jeffry John Aufderheide is the father of a child injured as a result of vaccination. As editor of, he promotes well-educated health professionals, informed consent, and full disclosure and accountability of adverse reactions to vaccines.