The Wellness Roundup With Dr. Jill

Strict Pro-Vaccine Policy Enforced at Healthy Kids Pediatrics

HKP = Pro VaccinationWe at Healthy Kids Pediatrics firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives. We firmly believe in the safety of our vaccines. We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence, and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as healthcare providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers. The recommended vaccines and the vaccine schedule are the results of years and years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians. This said, we recognize that there has always been and will likely always be controversy surrounding vaccination.

After publication of an unfounded accusation (later retracted) that MMR vaccine caused autism in 1998, many Europeans chose not to vaccinate their children. As a result of underimmunization, Europe experienced large outbreaks of measles, with several deaths from disease complications. In 2012, there were more than 48,000 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in the United States, resulting in 22 deaths. Most victims were infants younger than six months of age. In 2015, there was a measles outbreak in Disneyland, California and every day we are hearing of more and more outbreaks all over the United States and worldwide, most recently the measles outbreak in Washington State.

HKP = Pro Vaccination

We recognize that the choice may be a very emotional one for some parents especially given the overwhelming amount of misinformation out there. We encourage discussion to help parents understand the importance of vaccinating and to alleviate doubts. In some cases, we may alter the schedule to accommodate parental concerns or reservations. Please be advised, however, that delaying or “breaking up the vaccines” to give one or two at a time over two or more visits goes against expert recommendations and goes against our medical advice as providers at Healthy Kids Pediatrics. We have found that permitting small variations in the vaccine administration schedule might imply that it is acceptable to delay vaccines further or not vaccinate at all. We would like to be clear that lengthy delays or skipping vaccines is not acceptable. Because we are committed to protecting the health of your children through vaccination and we feel it is our duty to protect our patients who are unable to be vaccinated, we require all of our patients to be vaccinated as follows:

  • Infants will receive all age-appropriate recommended vaccines by 3 months of age and we will not “split” or “space out” the primary series infant vaccines more than 2 weeks apart.
  • Additional recommended vaccines as well as booster doses will be completed by 2 years of age. If your child does not receive the recommended vaccines including MMR and Varicella by 2 years old we ask that you find a pediatrician office willing to share your views.
  • Children will receive additional recommended 4 year old booster doses by the time they are 7 years old. If your child is not caught up by 7 years old we ask that you find a pediatrician office willing to share your views.
  • Children will be given recommended 11–12 year old vaccinations by the time they are 13 years old.
  • We will complete 16 year teen vaccinations before each child’s 17th birthday.


HKP = Pro VaccinationIf you should absolutely refuse to vaccinate your child despite all our efforts, we will ask you to find another healthcare provider who shares your views. We do not keep a list of such providers, nor would we recommend any such physician.    As medical professionals, we feel very strongly that vaccinating your child on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do to protect all children and young adults.


Healthy Kids Pediatrics Celebrates 3 Years!

This week, the Healthy Kids Pediatrics Team celebrated our 3-Year Anniversary at the Nutley office!

It’s an honor and a privilege to continue to provide your family with exceptional care and to be your trusted medical home.

Special thanks to the Ricciardi Family and La Venere Ristorante for making our 3-year Anniversary dinner so special.

The delicious cuisine, relaxed atmosphere, and friendly hospitality were enjoyed by all. And thanks for all the personal touches as well! We appreciate it.

If any of our patients are looking for a nice local restaurant to celebrate a milestone occasion or just to go out and enjoy an excellent Italian meal with family and friends, make your reservations at La Venere.


Dr. Jill and P.J. say, “Focus on Exercise, Sleep, and Nutrition for Preventative Care.

Healthy Kids Pediatrics, Nutley NJ, Dr. Jill Garripoli (2)When the name of your practice is ‘Healthy Kids’ Pediatrics, you might know a thing or two (or three) about preventative care.  Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino and P.J, Pimpinelli, PA-C, help families stay proactive when it comes to maintaining a healthy work-life balance and making smarter lifestyle choices at their office on Franklin Avenue. 

Here are 3 tips that will help you keep your kids out of their office and that will also help you be a better parent by implementing the same advice for yourself.

Tip #1: Stay Active!

We all need fuel to keep our bodies functioning, but if we don’t stay active enough to burn off the extra calories we will gain wait. Get involved in local sport activities like soccer, swimming, or basketball. If that’s not possible, get moving anyway by having a daily dance party or walk around the neighborhood.

PJ photo with patient 2Tip #2: Get Your Sleep!

Our bodies rest and rejuvenate when we get enough sleep giving us enough energy to be active and stay fit during the day. Children should be getting at least 8-10 hours of sleep per night, so it is important to evaluate your child’s sleep routine and be sure to eliminate distractions or other pitfalls that infringe on that very valuable recovery period of the day.”

Tip #3: Make Nutritious Diet Choices!

Most kids love snacks, juices, and desserts, all of which fill them up and leave no room for healthy foods. Extra calories from “filler” foods not only lead to weight gain, but they deprive children of the vitamins and minerals packed into the healthier proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Eliminate the urge to snack by being mindful of your supermarket purchases…your children will only be able to reach for healthy foods when that is all that is available. Snacks and desserts can be served less often (once or twice a week, for example) to curb kids’ cravings and still maintain their appetite for the healthy foods you serve them.

Best wishes from the HKP Team!

2019 HKP Team (Large)

Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino and Peter “P.J.” Pimpinelli make the award-winning dynamic duo of medical providers at Healthy Kids Pediatrics in Nutley, NJ.  The 2500 square foot medical home features partitioned sick and well waiting areas as well as a private feeding nook.  If you or someone you know is expecting and would like to join the Healthy Kids family, call our office at 844-437-5455 or send an e-mail to

Setting the Bar High: Bedside Manner and Care Praise for Healthy Kids Pediatrics


“You and the rest of your team at Healthy Kids set the bar so high that we really are unable to match the level of care and bedside manner that we received at your practice.” -Nicole Anderson

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5-2-1-0 Obesity: HKP Q&A with Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino and Peter “P.J.” Pimpinelli, PA-C

In this episode of HKP Q&A, Dr. Jill and P.J. discuss the new public education campaign for obesity called 5-2-1-0.

It brings awareness to daily recommendations for nutrition and physical activity.

Its message is simple and clear and represents some of the most important steps families can take to prevent childhood obesity.

(5) Fruits and vegetables…more matters! Eat fruits and vegetables at least 5 times a day. Limit 100% fruit juice.

(2) Cut screen time to 2 hours or less a day.

(1) Participate in at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.

(0) Restrict soda and sugar-sweetened sports and fruit drinks. Drink water and fat-free/skim or 1% milk instead.



Outstanding and Compassionate Healthcare for Children: Healthy Kids Pediatrics “NJ’s Favorite Kids’ Docs” 2018

Healthy Kids New Jersey's Favorite Kids' Docs Favorite Kids' Doc 2018, New Jersey Family Magazine, Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino, Peter P.J. Pimpinelli, PA-C

“Outstanding and Compassionate Healthcare for Children.” 🙂

Thank you to all of our families for recognizing Dr. Jill, P.J., and the Healthy Kids Pediatrics Team as one of “New Jersey’s Favorite Kids’ Docs” in 2018 via New Jersey Family Magazine.

We appreciate your continued support and are proud to be your medical home.


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