WICHITA — As influenza activity picks up this fall, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need.
Blood and platelets can only be given by donors who are feeling well.
Flu shot doesn’t affect blood donation eligibility
One way to maintain health is to get a flu vaccine each fall. There is no waiting period to give blood or 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 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
Ellinwood - 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Ellinwood High School, 210 E. 2nd
Macksville - 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Macksville High School, 417 N. Gilmore