Oregon First in Nation, Allows Dentists to Give All Vaccines

Oregon has become the nation’s first state to permit dentists to administer patient vaccinations.  

While great debate has raged in the state over vaccinations across the board in the past several months, House Bill 2220 was recently passed and signed into law without much of an uproar.  

The law allows dentists to give vaccinations to patients, including yearly flu shots and the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. HPV, an infectious sexually transmitted disease that has been linked to a host of new oral cancer detections, can also lead to cervical cancer and genital warts.  

While two other states allow dentists to administer flu shot vaccinations for adults, Oregon is the first state to grant permission to dentists to perform any vaccine typically found in a primary care physician’s office.  

The House passed HB 2220 in late March, the Senate followed suit in April, and Gov. Brown signed the legislation into law on Monday, May 6. 

By Jake Dee