Oregon Passes Bill Allowing Dentists to Administer Vaccines
Kimber Solana, April 26, 2019. ADA News
Summarized by: Chloe Doto
On April 25th, the Oregon state legislature took the dentist's role in primary care
to the next level: both the House and Senate approved a bill allowing dentists to
administer vaccinations including flu shots and the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine.
Reports indicate that the bill received overwhelming bipartisan support and
is now awaiting the Governor's signature. In order to administer vaccinations, Oregon dentists will be required to take continuing education courses as well as adhere to vaccine storage standards. Increasing dentists' scope of practice in this way will allow more children
and adults to regularly receive their annual flu shot, as well as help to
prevent oropharyngeal cancer through the administration of the HPV vaccine. This bill aligns with the established relationship between oral health and overall health and will ultimately help dentists to better serve their patients.