Mass DPH & American Academy of Pediatrics (Mass. Chapter) Issue Advice for Parents on Kids Fever Reducer Shortage

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An especially active year for pediatric colds, flus, and other illnesses has increased demand for pediatric fever reducers (Acetaminophen/Tylenol; Motrin/Advil). Parents may have a hard time finding these medications. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a letter for parents during this time. See the content of the letter below.

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

We are writing with recommendations regarding a current shortage of infant and children’s pain and fever-reducing medications in stores and pharmacies nationally and in Massachusetts. This shortage includes common liquid preparations of acetaminophen and ibuprofen and other cold and flu medications that can reduce fever.

During this time when we are seeing increased cases of flu and other respiratory viruses, you may be unable to find these medications on pharmacy shelves. While this can be distressing, it’s important to remember that fever-reducing medicines do not cure or even shorten the duration of illness. While a fever can be uncomfortable, fever is a sign that your child’s body is fighting infection. Low to moderate fevers do not require fever-reducing medications and children are able to tolerate such low fevers well.

There are several steps you can take to help comfort your child if they develop a fever and you are unable to find fever-reducing medications including:

  • Encourage your child to drink lots of fluids including water and electrolyte-containing fluids for children. Staying well hydrated is important to help your child feel better and fight the infection.
  • Keep their room comfortably cool.
  • Dress them in light clothing.

It’s important to remember that fever in children should never be treated with aspirin or rubbing alcohol as both can cause serious illness.

During this current shortage of fever-reducing medications, it is recommended that you purchase only the quantity that you need for your child, to avoid worsening shortages and ensure available supply for others.  Please note: If you don’t see fever-reducing products on the store shelf, ask the pharmacy staff as they may be storing their limited supply behind the counter.

If you have questions about the medications you have at home, or have purchased, please check with your health care provider or pharmacist. Additional guidance can be found here:

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Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health Celebrates 25 Years of Food, Fun, and Fundraising

Codman celebrated its 25th annual Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health on Thursday, Oct. 20, under the gala tent in front of the health center. Hundreds of community members, supporters, and staff gathered to network, sample local food and drinks, and raise money for Codman’s women’s health programming.

Since 1996, the health center has hosted the event onsite. Organizers find hosting the event at the health center enables patients and community members to attend easily and brings supporters from other areas of the region to a neighborhood they may not otherwise visit.

This year was extra special to everyone because, not only was it the 25th anniversary, it was the first time the event had been held in person since 2019. At that 2019 event, we had no idea that the same tent would be used as part of our public health response to a global pandemic. (Codman hosted COVID-19 testing in the front parking lot during the first year of the pandemic.) Everyone was excited to see each other in person again and to see the tent used for a party!

Attendees enjoyed food from more than 20 local restaurants including long-time nearby establishments Tavolo Ristorante and Ashmont Grill, seen below.


Boston City Council President Ed Flynn, CNN’s John King, and Marc Bonanno, executive chef at Ashmont Grill and Tavolo Ristorante.

WCVB’s Meteorologist Mike Wankum and CNN Anchor and Chief Political Correspondent John King, also a Dorchester native, emceed the event. Both celebrities are longtime supporters of the event where in addition to their official event duties, they love to mingle with the crowd and have fun. (pic below)

Another long-time celebrity chef, Governor Charlie Baker, spoke eloquently about the value of Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health and presented Codman’s CEO Sandra Cotterell with a citation honoring the event’s 25 years.

The evening also featured:

  • Live performances by The Blue Hotel
  • Live performance by Boston’s own Louie Bello
  • Food and drink from more than 20 local restaurants and bars
  • WCVB was our media sponsor again

Codman CEO Sandra Cotterell was thrilled to see everyone under the gala tent and meet up with community members and supporters in person again. “Every year, Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health is one of my favorite evenings. However, after the changes we all had to make during the pandemic made me appreciate seeing everyone even more!”

Protect Yourself this Respiratory Season

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We are coming into winter, which means it is the season you are more likely to suffer from common respiratory illness.  Colds and flu can wreak havoc on anyone during this time, but the addition of COVID makes the season even more challenging.

You can protect yourself against flu and COVID at Codman’s Respiratory Season Vaccine Clinics. Even if you have had a COVID vaccine and two boosters, the new bivalent booster will help you fight the omicron strains of COVID. Clinics are Dec. 22 and Dec. 29 from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

At our Respiratory Season Vaccine Clinics, not only can you protect yourself with these vaccines, you can also:

  • Enter to win prizes
  • Receive a gift card (only available for COVID vaccines)

Cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) have spiked early in children this year, and children’s hospitals have been filling with patients ill with the virus. While there is no vaccine for RSV, protecting children against flu and COVID can help prevent severe illness and keep kids out of the already-burdened hospitals.

Adults over 65 are more at risk for complications from flu and COVID, and vaccines are their best defense against severe illness. We encourage appointments, which you can make by calling 617-822-8271 or filling out an appointment request form (orange button on the right of this). We accept walk-in patients if space permits.

Codman Named Top 100 Women-led Business in Massachusetts for 9th Year

Sandra CotterellFor the 9th consecutive year, the Commonwealth Institute and the Boston Globe have named Codman Square Health Center to the list of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts.

The Commonwealth Institute is a nonprofit that supports women-led businesses, and it considers revenue, operating budgets, number of full-time employees, diversity, innovative projects, and more when it weighs candidates and organizations for the Top 100 list.

In a recent interview with Cotterell, she commented on how she inspires other women to leadership. “The inspiration to lead is a little different than the inspiration to care for patients, and it’s important that women in health care see that those in leadership roles can make a real difference in patient care,  staff satisfaction, and in their community.”

Codman Closes Its Offsite COVID-19 Testing Facility

Russell Auditorium in Dorchester

Russell Auditorium on Talbot Ave in Dorchester

Since cases of COVID-19 feel dramatically in the aftermath of the Delta and Omicron variants, visits at Codman’s offsite COVID-19 testing facility at Russell Auditorium (70 Talbot Ave., Dorchester) decreased, too. The site closed on Thursday, March 31 at noon.

Patients and community members looking for a COVID-19 test can visit Codman’s Urgent Care department Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm by appointment. We will accept walk-ins if the schedule allows. Below, see the timeline of Russell Auditorium’s role in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Codman’s Offsite Testing Site Opens

Codman opened Russell Auditorium as a COVID-19 testing site in November of 2020 when COVID-19 cases were spiking, and there was still not yet a vaccine. The new offsite facility provided a place where patients and staff could be tested quickly, easily, and conveniently in a socially distanced setting, while freeing up the health center to deliver the primary care and other services that patients and community need.

Planning and launching an offsite testing quickly was a challenge. Clinical staff needed to create protocols. Human Resources needed to staff the facility in an extremely tight labor market. Building Services staff had to make all the physical accommodations to turn a function hall into a medical facility. Communications needed to quickly get the word out to patients and community members about the new site.

Russell quickly became an invaluable community resource where people could go when they were sick, travelling, needed testing for school and work, and more. The numbers in the below chart show the value of the resource.

Russell Auditorium Closes then Re-Opens

In late June of 2020, COVID-19 rates were declining. People were starting to shed their masks and get together, and the pandemic seemed to be receding in our rear-view mirror. Testing demand declined sharply to the point that we closed  Russell Auditorium for COVID-19 testing and moved it back to Urgent Care.

Enter the Delta variant, which became the dominant strain of COVID-19 in August 2020. The Health Center started to become full with people seeking out testing, so Codman re-opened Russell Auditorium for COVID-19 testing.

Russell Becomes Community Testing and Vaccination Center

By late December of 2020, the FDA had approved a vaccination for COVID-19, and Codman partnered with Boston Medical Center to open high-volume COVID-19 vaccination site, also at Russell Auditorium, and the building became a COVID-19 testing and vaccination facility.

Throughout 2020 and the first few months of 2021, the community came to see Russell Auditorium as the go-to site for COVID-19 testing and vaccines. Demand for vaccinations gradually decreased as people got their shots, and many additional sites opened up to provide more. In February, 2022, BMC closed its vaccination site and Codman followed the next month and closed its testing site there.

As valuable as the Russell Auditorium has been in addressing COVID-19, we hope that pandemic infections do not increase enough to necessitate a need to open the site again.

Pierre Lubin

Codman Welcomes New Chief Human Resources Officer

In March 2022, Codman welcomed Pierre Lubin as our Chief Human Resources Officer. Lubin is a seasoned HR professional with 20 years of HR experience. Prior to joining, he was the VP of HR & Culture at Community Resources for Justice (CRJ) and was there for more than 5 years.

Lubin holds a Bachelor of science degree in business administration from Salem State University and earned his Senior Certified HR Professional from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). The certification represents applied learning in strategic planning, leading HR functions, fostering influence in the community, analyzing performance metrics, and aligning HR strategies with organizational goals.

During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his partner, his family, and his 4-year-old cat named Meeko. He also enjoys cooking and trying out new cuisines throughout the state. He is an ABCD Board Member at their Everett location where he volunteers as a tax advisor assisting low-income individuals with their tax filings. He also volunteers with ABCD’s Youth Service Mentor Program at the organization’s Boston branch.

Lubin is looking forward to improving the lives of Codman employees, patients, and community through his collaborative leadership style.