State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) supported legislation that will allow dentists to administer certain vaccines to patients 18 and older.

“This was an initiative of the American Dental Society and will provide another resource for those who need vaccinations,” Link said. “Recently, Illinois passed a measure to allow pharmacists to administer vaccines; by adding dentists we are allowing patients to have another available option to receive vaccinations for things like influenza.”

Senate Bill 3409 will allow dentists to enrolled in a medical network or as a Medicaid provider, so they can administer influenza vaccinations to a patient enrolled in the same medical network or Medicare or Medicaid. The restriction for dentists administering immunizations is that the patient must be 18 or over and have a valid prescription or standing order for the vaccination from a physician.

In order to administer flu vaccines, a dentist must have completed appropriate training on recognizing adverse reactions to these vaccinations.

To ensure that a patient’s chart is up to date, after administering a vaccination the dentist must notify the patient's prescribing physician and keep records of the vaccination.

In addition, dentists must review the state’s immunization data registry prior to giving any vaccination to a patient and submit any vaccination data to the state’s immunization data registry after administering a vaccination to a patient.

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