As influenza activity picks up, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need.
Upcoming blood drives in the area include: Sunday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Temple Congregation Shomer Emunim, 6453 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania; Monday, Nov. 12, noon-6 p.m., Swanton Alliance Church Epic Center, 124 N. Main St.; Thursday, Nov. 15, noon-6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 854 S. Shoop Ave., Wauseon.
Blood and platelets can only be given by donors who are feeling well. One way to maintain health is to get a flu vaccine each fall. There is no waiting period to give blood or platelets after receiving a flu shot as long as the donor is symptom-free and fever-free.
Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767.
Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed this fall after hurricanes Michael and Florence forced the cancellation of about 200 blood drives, causing approximately 7,000 units of blood and platelets to go uncollected.