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HB 5574
, introduced by Rep. Laura Fine (D-IL), amends the Illinois Dental Practice Act by adding a provision allowing dentists with the appropriate training to administer vaccinations to patients 10 years of age and older pursuant to a valid prescription or standing order of a physician. The bill also provides that vaccinations may only be administered for influenza, hepatitis B, HPV and shingles. The bill has been referred to committee for consideration.

Companion bill SB 3409, introduced by Sen. Andy Manar (D-IL) and co-sponsored by 48 members of the Illinois General Assembly, was originally drafted with bill language similar to HB 5574. However, the bill language has changed substantially with the adoption of amendments

Currently, SB 3409 provides that a dentist who has completed the appropriate training as set forth by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may administer influenza vaccinations to patients 18 years of age or older pursuant to a valid prescription or standing order by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches who, in the course of professional practice, administers vaccines to patients. The bill requires that vaccines must be administered by the dentist and shall not be delegated to an assistant or any other person. 

In addition, SB 3409 mandates that a dentist notify the patient’s primary care physician of each dose of vaccine administered to the patient and that the vaccination be documented in the patient’s dental record and entered in the immunization data registry maintained by the Department of Public Health. 

Further, SB 3409 also requires that a dentist must only provide vaccinations if contracted with and credentialed to provide the vaccinations by the patient’s health insurance, health maintenance organization or other health plan. Additionally, the bill provides that persons enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid may only receive vaccinations from dentists who are authorized by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. The provisions in SB 3409 are set to be repealed on January 1, 2020. SB 3409 has passed both chambers.