Wintry weather, colds and flu affecting American Red Cross blood drives

January 24, 2013

Earlier today Greater Alleghenies Region officials expressed concern about the combined effects of this week’s wintry weather and widespread colds and flu on our organization’s efforts to meet collection targets and patient need.

More healthy blood donors of all blood types are needed, particularly those with type O negative and B negative blood. Colds and flu may be contributing factors to an increased number of donor appointment cancellations. In addition, this week’s extreme temperatures and periods of snow have resulted in blood drive cancellations and lower than usual donor turnout in many portions of the 100-county blood services region.

While approximately 38% of the public is eligible to donate blood, only a fraction of those eligible donate blood each year.

With warmer weather forecasted the remainder of January into February, please set aside a little more than an hour's time to donate blood soon at a Red Cross blood drive near you.

Click to schedule your blood donation appointment today.

Donating blood will not cause you to be more susceptible to the flu. Your resistance to the flu will not be compromised simply by giving blood. There is no waiting period to donate blood after receiving a flu vaccine, as long as you are feeling healthy and well the day of donation.


How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Individuals should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when they come to donate.


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