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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link-boysgirlsclub0414Kids from the Boys and Girls Club met with Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) early Thursday morning.

The group met with Link in his office in the Capitol building in Springfield, posing for a picture and talking with the senator.

"I think it's a wonderful opportunity the Boys and Girls Club creates for young people in my district," said Link. "Children should have every chance to learn and grow, and this organization excels at filling the gaps in young people’s lives. I am proud to be a supporter of these kids and the Boys and Girls Club in my district."


Pictured clockwise from right: Chris Rice; Sandrie C.; Sandrie C.; Cesilie Price, CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Lake County; Senator Terry Link

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Link-assessments-040114SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) is sponsoring legislation that will exempt homeowners from increased assessments if they make improvements for accessibility.

“This issue was brought to me by a local resident who remodeled her bathroom to make it safer, she added hand rails and a bench to help prevent a fall. However, because she applied for all appropriate permits, the assessor reassessed the value of her home, and her property taxes went up,” said Link. “It is unfair to punish our seniors and returning veterans who may need to make their homes more accessible.”

Senate Bill 343 states that any improvements a homeowner makes to their property to help improve accessibility, such as adding a wheelchair ramp, retrofitting a bathroom or putting in a lift to help someone get up stairs, will not increase the property’s assessed value and therefore not increase their property taxes.

This measure passed the Senate unanimously and now goes to the House of Representatives for their consideration.

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Waukegan – State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) had this to say about President Obama’s infrastructure plan:

“After years of wear and tear and the annual weather damage that our roads and highways see, President Obama’s infrastructure plan is well-timed. The citizens of the 30th District will be pleased to know that our community will see their fair share of this $302 billion plan, which will go a long way to fortifying transportation hubs across the northeast corner of our state.”

Yesterday, President Obama proposed a four-year, $302 billion highway bill that will build highways, bridges, railways and transit programs, as well as protect 700,000 jobs.

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