Dentists can now give vaccines under new Oregon law

Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 2220 into law this week.

Posted: May 9, 2019 4:43 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- You'll be able to get a teeth cleaning and a vaccination at the dentist's office in Oregon after a new bill was signed into law this week.

Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 2220, making Oregon the first state in the nation to allow dentists to give vaccinations.

Under the bill, dentists providing vaccinations will be required to take additional education training and must meet current state mandated vaccine storage and reporting requirements.

"We're seeing this change and this trend probably largely due to the fact that we've had measles outbreaks and other problems that we've seen happen," said Dr. Jason Fife with Furgason & Fife Dentistry. "It just affords us the opportunity to get a hold of those problems before they become epidemics."

Fife said this new law gives more access to patients.

"We see people every six months, so we have access to them quite often," Fife said. "All we'd really have to do is expand their medical background to be able to check on that something very, very simple for us to do."

He said it's something they will look into bringing to their practice.

OHSU dentistry students will all learn how to administer vaccines starting next year.

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