Calling All Donors!

urlThis flu season has hit the Carolinas especially hard. In the 19 counties the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas serves, blood donation turn-out has been extremely low. Many of our regular donors have been sick and unable to keep their appointments.

Since the need for blood never takes a break, we are asking for the community’s support. If you are well and healthy, your blood could be used to save up to three lives! One pint of blood can be split into three products: platelets, plasma and red blood cells.

Here is some info about donating blood during cold and flu season:

If You Have the Flu

  • If you are not feeling well on the day of donation, you will be deferred from giving blood.
  • If you have the flu, you should wait until you no longer have flu symptoms, have recovered completely and feel well before you attempt to donate. Blood donors must feel healthy and well on the day of donation.

If You’ve Just Received the Flu Vaccine

  • You can donate after receiving the influenza vaccine if you are symptom-free and meet all other eligibility requirements.
  • Neither the flu shot nor the intranasal form of the influenza vaccine is cause for a blood donation deferral, because there is no risk of transmitting influenza after receiving the vaccines.

For More Information

You can find more information about preventing the flu with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To find a blood drive or center near you click here.

 

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