Health in Brief: Flu disrupting blood donations
This year’s flu season hasn’t only kept sick people home from work and school, it has also prevented blood donors from keeping their appointments with the American Red Cross for blood and platelet donations. As a result, the Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain the blood supply for patients in need.
Make an appointment to donate this winter by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).=
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.
Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law) and weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, Follow on Twitter at @RedCross.