Colds and Flu Causing Urgent Need for Blood Donors
Colds and flu are typically thought to impact only the person suffering from the symptoms. Unfortunately, a current outbreak of colds and flu has also created an urgent need for blood donors. Many who had intended to donate blood have told the local Red Cross they cannot give right now because they are ill.
“It seems most everyone we talk to right now either has the sniffles or knows someone else who is ill with a seasonal cold or flu,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “Being under the weather is preventing many from giving blood, so we are looking for healthy individuals who can help by giving now.”
The Central Ohio Blood Region needs 800 blood donors each and every day to support the needs of local hospitals. “Our blood donors are so supportive, we felt if they knew about our current situation, they’d understand how much we need and appreciate them during this current challenge,” said Wilson.
Historically the flu season can last at least through the month of March. But the blood supply must be replenished now. The local Red Cross is currently more than 700 donations short from the current need. While all blood donors are needed, people with type O-negative and O-positive blood are in highest demand. Healthy individuals are urged to make and keep appointments to give blood as soon as possible.
“Giving is easy, takes only about an hour, and it feels so good to help save lives,” Wilson said.
To make an appointment to give blood call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Then join the conversation on facebook.com/RedCrossBlood or follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodOH.