Public Health Department
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
(June, July & August: 8 AM - 4 PM)
Lorraine Kourofsky, Interim Director
St. Lawrence County Public Health
Vaccines are among the 20th century's most successful and cost-effective public health tools for preventing disease and death. Thanks to immunizations, diseases like polio that were once common, are now only distant memories for most Americans. Today, there are few visible reminders of the suffering, injuries, and deaths caused by diseases that are now prevented with vaccines. At present, there are vaccines available to protect children and adults against at least fifteen (15) life-threatening or crippling diseases.
Immunizations are for people of all ages. From newborns to senior citizens, timely immunizations are one of the most important ways for people to protect themselves and others from serious diseases. Adults need to make certain they have received all of their childhood vaccinations and stay up-to-date with the vaccinations that are recommended for adults. All college students attending school in New York State are required to be immunized against measles, mumps and rubella. It is also recommended that first year college students living in dormitories be immunized against meningitis. Travelers to foreign countries may need additional vaccines where diseases exist that are not common in the U.S., such as typhoid fever and yellow fever.
The Immunization Program's goal is to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases by making sure children and adults receive the vaccines they need. The program assures:
NOTICE New Regulation regarding VFC program:
Effective October 1, 2012
New York State Department of Health has a new policy that if you have private health insurance you are no longer eligible to receive free vaccinations. You will have to pay for shots (immunizations) prior to administration. You may seek reimbursement from your insurance carrier.
The New York State legislature passed the Immunization Registry Law which, as of January 1, 2008, requires health care providers to report all immunizations administered to persons less than 19 years of age, NYSIIS is a web-based Immunization information registry. The goal of the immunization information system is to establish a complete, accurate, secure, real-time immunization medical record .
Zostavax(Shingles) Clinic- Must be at least 60 years of age (50 -59 year olds must have authorization from healthcare provider)- this clinic is in Canton Only.
Call for appointment
Travel Clinic - 1st Thursday of the Month by appointment only
Immunization Clinic Schedule ***
St. Lawrence County Public Health Immunization Clinics:
**ALL CLINICS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: CALL FOR APPOINTMENT AT 386-2325**
All clinics are held in the morning.
*** Clinic Schedule may change due to a holiday; please call for clinic confirmation if clinic falls on a holiday.
7 through 10 years Tdap is recommended for children ages 7 through 10 years who are not fully vaccinated against pertussis:
11 through 18 years Tdap is routinely recommended as a single dose for those 11 through 18 years of age with preferred administration at 11 through 12 years of age.
19 years and older Any adult 19 years of age and older who has not received a dose of Tdap should get one as soon as feasible – to protect themselves and infants. This Tdap booster dose can replace one of the 10-year Td booster doses. Tdap can be administered regardless of interval since the previous Td dose.
Pregnant women 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.