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Jody Terranova - University of Connecticut. Farmington, CT, US

Jody Terranova

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics | University of Connecticut


Dr. Jody Terranova is an expert in the field of pediatrics and Graduate Medical Education



Dr. Jody Terranova is a pediatrician in Hartford, Connecticut. She received her medical degree from Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been in practice between 11-20 years. She is the Educational Liaison for Graduate Medical Education at the University of Connecticut and is the Immunization Representative for the CT Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Post Graduate Training



Medical Education

Education (2)

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine: D.O.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: B.S.

Accomplishments (2)

Community Awareness Award (professional)

Community Awareness Award - Capitol Area Substance Abuse Council

Director’s Award for Outstanding Clinical Performance in Pediatrics (professional)

Director’s Award for Outstanding Clinical Performance in Pediatrics - Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine





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Faculty Spotlight Spring 2019: Dr. Jody Terranova


Media Appearances (13)

Doctors urge COVID vaccination for young children as school year starts

CT Mirror  online


Physicians are urging parents who have adopted a wait-and-see approach to vaccinating their young children against COVID-19 to get the shot before school resumes, when kids will again be in close quarters and infection rates are expected to rise. “We want families to get their children vaccinated, especially before going back to school, where we know children are going to be close together and some of the masking and distancing requirements are not going to be in place this school year,” said Dr. Jody Terranova, a UConn Health pediatrician and president-elect of the Connecticut chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “It’s important to have as much protection as we can provide.”

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Close to 3,000 young children in CT vaccinated against COVID so far

CT Mirror  online


Dr. Jody Terranova, a UConn Health pediatrician and president-elect of the Connecticut chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, who also visited the health center Wednesday, said she is having regular conversations with parents who have questions about the coronavirus vaccines. “We are asked every day, ‘Do we need to vaccinate young children? Is COVID really a risk for young children?’” she said. “We’re fortunate that it is a low risk. But we need to remember that it’s not no risk."

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COVID-19 and children

Great Day - WFSB  tv


Dr. Jody Terranova, a pediatrician at UConn Health, joins Great Day with answers to many parents' questions as the omicron variant of COVID is still sweeping the state, and we are noticing more kids getting sick.

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With parents hesitant to get their child vaccinated, doctors look to clarify concerns, answer questions



One UConn School of Medicine pediatrician says she understands why parents have questions and hopes to clarify a few important details. Not only is Dr. Jody Terranova the president-elect for the Connecticut chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she was also a member of the scientific sub-group of the state of Connecticut governor’s COVID-19 vaccine advisory group. “At this point, we are really recommending that all five to eleven-year-olds get vaccinated. There are very few children that should not get vaccinated right now," Dr. Terranova explained.

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Pfizer seeking EUA for vaccine in ages 5-11

Fox 61  tv


Dr. Jody Terranova, of UConn Health discusses parents' concerns as the U.S. considers COVID shots for kids.

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Pediatrician answers your back-to-school questions



Many of us have a lot of questions about how the new school year will look during the pandemic and what precautions students and teachers should be taking. Dr. Jody Terranova, a pediatrician at UConn Health, sat down with Eyewitness News and provided some insight into this coming semester, including whether it's safe for your child to play sports in the Fall.

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Your Vaccine Authority: Doctor explains how she talks to parents about COVID vaccine



Dr. Jody Terranova, a health pediatrician at UConn, joins Eyewitness News to share how she talks to parents about the COVID vaccine.

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UConn Doctor Has Advice for Parents About COVID Vaccine for Kids 12-15

NBC Connecticut  tv


On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration decided to lower the age for people who can receive Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to children as young as 12 years old. Coronavirus vaccine providers in Connecticut have started to open up appointments for this age group and a pediatrician from the UConn School of Medicine has answers to questions parents might have. Dr. Jody Terranova, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UConn School of Medicine, spoke with UConn Today about what parents need to know.

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Both Sides Ready For Battle Over Repeal of Religious Exemption for Vaccines

CTNewsJunkie  online


“Nationally, we have seen that religious exemptions increase when that is the only choice and other personal/philosophical exemption choices are removed,” said Dr. Jody L. Terranova, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington who also is the immunization advocate for the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “But total non-medical exemptions are still increasing regardless of whether they are religious or personal beliefs.”

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Health officials share concerns over religious exemption to vaccines

The CT Mirror  online


“The top resolution that came out of our annual leadership meeting this year was to advocate for removal of non-medical exemptions at the state level,” said Dr. Jody Terranova, a pediatrician and board member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Connecticut chapter. “The national AAP is working with each state chapter so they can advocate that their legislatures remove non-medical exemptions.”

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DPH Officials Decline To Take Position On Religious Exemption

CT News Junkie  online


Dr. Jody L. Terranova, a vaccine advocate for the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (CT-AAP), said the number one goal for the organization nationally is to advocate for the removal of all non-medical exemptions to vaccines.

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Lawmakers hear testimony on proposal to end religious exemption to vaccination

Hartford Courant  online


"Vaccines save lives,'' said Dr. Jody Terranova, a Hartford pediatrician and associate professor of pediatrics at UConn Health. “Our grandparents would have lined up for the opportunity to prevent their children from suffering from these diseases...”

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108 CT schools have vaccination rates below standard

Associated Press  online


Dr. Jody L. Terranova, an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut, said the minimum you need for herd immunity is 95 percent. And while Connecticut overall has a high immunization rate, the data released by the state shows some schools fall below that. She said the data will help the Connecticut Academy of Pediatrics reach out to schools with low numbers and see what education they can provide to increase the numbers and protect students who cannot be vaccinated. She added that the data may be eye opening for parents with children who have compromised immune systems because if their school falls below 95 percent then there is no herd immunity...

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Articles (1)

A vaccine is essential

Journal Inquirer


There has been a lot of discussion about “essential services” here in Connecticut since the Stay Safe, Stay Home order was enacted. I think we can all agree that the physicians, nurses, PAs, respiratory therapists, and others on the front lines are truly “essential” to this fight. The stories they share have been heartbreaking.

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