Public Health Department
80 State Highway 310, Suite #2
Canton, New York 13617-1476

Public Health Director
Dana Olzenak McGuire, PT, PhD

Ph: (315) 386-2325
Fx: (315) 386-2203

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm


St. Lawrence County Public Health Department

Communicable Disease Program


Program Goal

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. 


Read the science behind hand washing from the CDC.

Or watch The Fifth Guy (Youtube Video) to find out what happens when you don't wash your hands.
























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 Disease


Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Information
*** Tdap/DTaP vaccine should be routinely promoted and provided before outbreaks occur.

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 Providers

For information on reporting requirements, please view the NYSDOH Communicable Disease Reporting Requirements sheet or call our office at (315) 386-2325.

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