Public Health Department
Public Health Director
Ph: (315) 386-2325
St. Lawrence County Public Health Department
To prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
St. Lawrence County residents.
This program includes surveillance, investigation, intervention, reporting and follow-up of reportable communicable diseases to reduce the spread of disease in the St. Lawrence County community.
Handwashing is one of the easiest and most important ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness. Wash your hands with soap and water so that you can stay healthy!
Find out more about how to prevent illness with clean hands from the resources below.
Staying up to date on the recommended vaccines is also an important method of disease prevention. To learn more about the appropriate vaccines for you and your family, visit the CDC or our Immunization page.
Information on Communicable Diseases
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Information
Note: New ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) recommendations include 3 changes with regards to Pertussis vaccination:
1) Tdap can be given to children between the ages of 7-10 (if under-immunized or their vaccination status is not known)
2) Adults 19 through 64 years of age should receive a single dose of Tdap.
3) Tdap can be given to adults 65 years of age and older if not previously vaccinated , especially if there is close contact with infants
4) There is no longer a suggested minimum interval between receiving the tetanus-diphtheria (Td) vaccine and the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.
For information on reporting requirements, please view the NYSDOH Communicable Disease Reporting Requirements sheet or call our office at (315) 386-2325.