COVID-19 update and Vaccine recommendation - last reviewed August 2022

For our official statement on COVID-19, please see below:

COVID-19 continues to be a threat to human health throughout the world.  Because of the spread of the Omicron variant, individuals should continue to practice basic health behaviors to limit the spread of this virus including regular hand washing, practicing social distancing where appropriate, and masking indoors depending on local, state and national CDC recommendations.

The Ritter Professional Advisory Board strongly urges all eligible people to get vaccinated and boosted immediately if you have not done so already.  The combination of the COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots greatly decreases the risk of serious complications from the virus including hospitalization and death. The vaccines appear to be generally safe and effective in all age groups, including children.

There is no current evidence that people with genetic aortic disease are more prone to vaccine related complications or side effects than people in the general population. COVID vaccines do not interact with commonly prescribed blood pressure medications, such as ARBs, beta blockers, or ACE inhibitors. People with a serious history of an allergic reaction to any vaccine or injectable therapy should consult with their physician before deciding on vaccination.

For the latest CDC recommendations for fully vaccinated people, please visit: