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

Public Health Director

James Rich, MPH


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

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM

September - May

June, July & August: 8 AM - 4 PM


St. Lawrence County Public Health Department

The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department has been serving the county since 1936. We offer a wide variety of health services and programs to county residents, geared toward improving both individual health and well being and that of the community.

Mission Statement:

 To ensure the health, safety and quality of life for all St. Lawrence County residents. The department is dedicated to protecting the health of our community by:


  • Controlling the spread of disease;
  • Promoting healthy choices;
  • Providing timely health information;
  • Promoting the health and development of infants and children;
  • Plan for and help to mitigate any public health emergency.

The department’s philosophy is that prevention is better than a cure, healthy families need healthy environments, safety first must be a way of life, and that people must be empowered to take care of themselves.

Canton- Office -  (315) 386-2325 


Non-Business/After Hours contact 315-454-2363    (On-Call staff)
Alternate number 315-319-2500  



Email: Kathy Oakes

Contact Person:
Laurie Maki, Director Preventative Services


Click the picture below for the St. Lawrence County Board of Health


2016 Oral Rabies Vaccination Program

Preventing the Spread of Raccoon Rabies (USDA Wildlife Services) Brochure

Vaccination Area Map 

Animal Rabies Vaccination Clinics 2016


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What You Need to Know


 Ebola is a rare and deadly disease. The disease is caused by infection with one of the ebolaviruses (Ebola, Sudan, Bundibugyo, or Taï Forest virus). It is spread by direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with a sick person’s blood or body fluids (urine, saliva, feces, vomit, and semen). It is also spread by direct contact with objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with the infected body fluids or infected animals.

Symptoms of Ebola include fever, severe headache, muscle pain,vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and unexplained bleeding or bruising.


NYSDOH Ebola information line:  1-800-861-2280

Trained operators are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This line is for public health information purposes only. If you require medical attention, call your health care provider or 9-1-1 immediately.




2015-2016 Flu Vaccine is Available at Public Health Clinics

Call for an Appointmet - 386-2325


2015-2016 Seasonal Flu Information

Immunization Awareness

Vaccines: Our best defense:

Getting vaccinated is an easy way to stay healthy all year round. Take the time to make sure that you and your loved ones have received all of the vaccinations you need. By making sure your vaccinations are up to date, you can help prevent harmful diseases from affecting you and your family.




Zika Virus - Travel Alert

Ebola (EVD) -  Click here for link to CDC updates

New York State Department of Health Ebola information

Letter from The Board of Health on Ebola

Enterovirus D68 Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infections are thought to occur less commonly than infections with other enteroviruses. EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962. Compared with other enteroviruses, EV-D68 has been rarely reported in the United States for the last 40 years. 


Blue-Green Algal Bloom - Blue-green algae, technically known as cyanobacteria, are naturally present in lakes and streams in low numbers. Blue-green algae can form HABs that discolor the water or produce floating rafts or scums on the surface of the water. These can cause health risks to people and animals when they are exposed to them.  Blue-green algae blooms can occur in freshwater lakes and ponds and can reduce the recreational value of a waterbody, due to unpleasant appearances and odors, and can cause a variety of ecological problems, such as reduced oxygen levels. They also have the potential to form harmful (toxic) blue-green algal blooms, although the factors that cause blue-green algae to produce toxins are not well understood.

Both Black Lake and Grass Lake are listed on the DEC site of having blooms.


Wild Parsnip - an invasive species that can cause a rash and blisters to the skin when exposed to sunlight.  FOR MORE INFORMATION click  the links below:


New York State Department of Transportation

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Vermont Department of Health


Giant Hogweed - is a Federally listed noxious weed. Its sap, in combination with moisture and sunlight, can cause severe skin and eye irritation, painful blistering, permanent scarring and blindness.  FOR MORE INFORMATION click the link below:

New York State DEC



Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Information

*** Tdap/DTaP vaccine should be routinely promoted and provided before outbreaks occur.
New ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices)  recommendations 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 and oldr should receive a single dose of Tdap.  This Tdap booster dose can replace one of the 10-year Td booster doses.

3) Pregnant women should get a dose of Tdap during each pregnancy, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks gestation. By getting Tdap during pregnancy, maternal pertussis antibodies transfer to the newborn, likely providing protection against pertussis in early life, before the baby starts getting DTaP vaccines. Tdap will also help protect the mother at time of delivery, making her less likely to transmit pertussis to her infant. It is important that all family members and caregivers of the infant are up-to-date with their pertussis vaccines (DTaP or Tdap, depending on age) before coming into close contact with the infant.

4) There is no longer a suggested minimum interval between receiving the tetanus-diphtheria (Td) vaccine and the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.

Click Here to CHECK OUT the Grandparents Corner - Grandparents need to know about Pertussis and how to protect their new grandchild.



Designer Drugs Commonly Packaged and Marketed as Bath Salts - Banned

"Bath Salts" National Institute on Drug Abuse

Frequently Asked Questions - "Bath Salts"


Wildlife - If You Care Leave them There


Flood Preparedness Information



*** Travel Alert *** 

EBOLA OUTBREAK - Travel Warning


 Novel Coronavirus Called "MERS-CoV" in the Arabian Peninsula - Click for information at the Centeres for Disease Control (CDC) - Middle East Travel

Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus - Click for information at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - China Travel


CDC Meales  Travel Update

CDC issues two new travel health notices concerning polio outbreaks in Syria and Cameroon, and updates travel health notices about polio in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia




Lyme Disease Information

                How to Remove a Tick Video Link



Oral Rabie Vaccination Program 2016



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