A trip to the dentist’s office could soon offer more than dental care.
With the signing of SB 3409, dentists will now be allowed to offer their patients flu shots under certain conditions.
The intent is to provide one more option in order to make it easier for persons to receive an immunization to protect against influenza.
The dentist must be properly trained and maintain appropriate records, along with notification to the patient's primary care physician. Vaccinations are limited to patients 18 years and older and require a valid prescription or standing order by a licensed physician.
The dentist must be contracted with and credentialed by the patient's health insurance, HMO or other health plan to specifically provide the vaccination. Vaccinations may only be given to Medicare or Medicaid enrollees if the dentist is authorized to do so by the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services or the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
The legislation includes a sunset date of January 1, 2020.