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Health Advisories


Monkeypox is an infectious disease spreading in the United States, particularly in NYC. It’s transmitted through close contact such as kissing or during sex and causes a rash on various parts of the body. You can learn more about monkeypox transmission, symptoms, treatment, vaccination for people at higher risk, and what to do if you may have been exposed from the CDC and NYC Department of Health.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pratt has instituted many policies and procedures to maintain the safety of our campus. This situation continues to evolve and we will provide updates to the community on the Covid Care page.


Seasonal influenza (“flu”) is a very contagious viral disease that attacks the respiratory tract, including the nose, throat and lungs. It spreads from an infected person when they cough or sneeze, or if there is contact with the infected person’s respiratory secretions.

The flu is different from a cold and often includes high fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. Vomiting, diarrhea and/or “upset stomach” are not symptoms of seasonal influenza. Influenza can last several days and it can make you feel pretty miserable! The peak influenza season usually occurs January- February but flu season can start as early as October and last through May: therefore, there is plenty of time to get the vaccine.

Health Advisory FAQs

What is a state of emergency?

This health declaration is a way to prepare or respond to public health needs. It enables the state or city to respond more swiftly and it enables resources to be immediately available. It allows hospitals to ensure they will have the capacity to meet regional needs and the time to purchase medical supplies. It may also position the state to seek federal assistance when the scope of the event exceeds the state’s resources.