NORFOLK — As influenza activity picks up this fall, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need. Blood can only be given by donors who are feeling well on the day of donation, but receiving a flu vaccination doesn’t affect your ability to donate.
Flu shot doesn’t affect blood donation eligibility
One way to maintain health is to get a flu vaccine each fall. Even if you don’t typically get influenza infections, or your infections have been mild, you can still spread the virus to people with less-than-healthy immune systems. Infants, the elderly and immunocompromised people like those with immune system disorders and those receiving cancer treatment especially rely on “herd immunity” to keep the virus away.
There is no waiting period to give blood after receiving a flu shot as long as the donor is symptom-free and fever-free.
For those that have the flu, it is important to wait until they no longer exhibit flu symptoms, have recovered completely and feel well before attempting to donate. Donors must feel healthy and well on the day of donation.
All blood types needed now
Donors of all blood types, especially platelet donors and those with type O blood, are urged to give now to ensure a stable supply this fall. Stay healthy this flu season and make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 1-15:
11/11/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Francis Borgia Catholic Church, 2005 Davis Dr
11/2/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Keene Memorial Library Central Library, 1030 N Broad Street
11/9/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fremont Mall, 860 East 23rd Street
11/4/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Logan View High School, 2163 County Road G
11/6/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., North Bend High School, 1320 Walnut St
11/4/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Scribner-Snyder High School, 400 Pebble Box L
11/1/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saunders County Medical Center, 1760 County Rd J
11/14/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wahoo High School, 2201 N. Locust