We just received this letter from ISDS president Dr. Larry
I want to alert ISDS members to a measure taken this week by our
Governor permitting dentists to administer flu vaccines in certain
settings. As a proactive measure, Gov. Quinn signed a public health
emergency proclamation allowing the Illinois Department of Public
Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Department of Financial and
Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to permit additional certified and
licensed health care professionals to administer the H1N1 flu
The presence of H1N1 influenza has been confirmed in Illinois.
Expanding the scope of practice helps ensure a sufficient supply of
qualified health care professionals to administer the flu
During the "emergency" period, a number of health care
professionals will be able to administer the new H1N1 vaccine,
including dentists. Others are: EMTs, pharmacists, APNs and
NPs, medical residents and physician assistants.
As a dentist administering the flu vaccine, you must be working
under the direction of IEMA (Illinois Emergency Medical Agency) and
IDPH, an IEMA-certified emergency services and disaster agency, or
a certified local public health department. As a dentist, you
may NOT utilize the expanded scope of practice in any private
practice or individual setting unless you are operating under an
agreement with one of the aforementioned vaccine providers.
More information may be found on the
Governor's website, or by calling ISDS at (800) 475-4737.
Larry W. Osborne, DMD
state of illinois