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November 22, 2021

POTSDAM, NY - Physician Assistant Matthew Cheevers has joined St. Lawrence Health’s (SLH) Emergency Department team, and will be working at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Gouverneur Hospital, and Massena Hospital.

He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and earned his degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Clarkson University, Potsdam. Mr.…

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November 19, 2021

MASSENA, NY – The message from St. Lawrence Health is simple: the influenza vaccine can prevent the flu. The virus is at its peak every year in the United States between October and May, and on average, thousands of people in the Nation will die from it. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone six months and older get vaccinated every flu season. It takes approximately two weeks for the protection to develop once you have been vaccinated, and contrary to the myth, the vaccine does not cause the flu.


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November 18, 2021

POTSDAM, NY – The youth COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children ages 5-11 at St. Lawrence Health pediatric locations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone age 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect them against COVID-19. The CDC further reports that although children are at a lower risk of becoming severely ill with coronavirus compared to adults, they can still become very sick from being infected. They may also have both short- and long-term health complications from COVID-19, and are…

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November 17, 2021

POTSDAM, NY – While you or someone you care about may have been diagnosed with diabetes, if you practice a healthy lifestyle with exercise and proper dieting, you can live a normal life.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and Canton-Potsdam Hospital Endocrinologist Paul Tejera, MD, FACE, noted diabetes is controlled with a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and a healthy diet. Sometimes oral medications, injectable medications, or insulin therapy may also be required.

Many people may not realize there are three kinds of diabetes, and Type 1…

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