Healthy donors needed to maintain blood supply

Lifestyle
November 1, 2019

As influenza activity picks up this fall, 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. Blood and platelets can only be given by donors who are feeling well.

The 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 platelets 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.

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 are listed below.

Clinton County:
11/4/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hoffman Village Hall, 110 East Park Avenue, Hoffman.
11/4/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 601 South Clinton Street, Aviston.
11/19/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 391 Louis Street, Beckemeyer.
11/21/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Carlyle Grade School, 951 6th Street, Carlyle.

Fayette County:
11/12/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Vandalia Moose Lodge, 328 South 3rd Street, Vandalia.
11/21/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ramsey Grade School, 610 West 6th Street, Ramsey.

Franklin County:
10/31/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Christopher High School, 1 Bearcat Drive, Christopher.
11/6/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thompsonville High School, 21135 Shawneetown Road, Thompsonville.
11/14/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1 West Frankfort Plaza, West Frankfort.
11/15/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Franklin County Farm Bureau, 1210 Highway 14 West, Benton.
11/16/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Franklin County Farm Bureau, 1210 Highway 14 West, Benton.
11/18/2019: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Whittington Church, 200 Main Street, Whittington.
11/20/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Jesus Center, 212 West Callie Street, Sesser.

Jefferson County:
11/5/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Opdyke Baptist Church, 9208 North Opdyke Lane, Opdyke.
11/6/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dix Community Center, 217 North Main, Dix.
11/15/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Roadhouse Harley-Davidson, 205 N. 44th Street, Mt. Vernon.
11/16/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Roadhouse Harley-Davidson, 205 N. 44th Street, Mt. Vernon.
11/19/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bluford Elementary School, 907 West 6th Street, Bluford.

Marion County:
10/29/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., The Rock Church, 515 Airport Road, Centralia.
11/12/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Kaskaskia College, Shattuc Road, Centralia.
11/13/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Kaskaskia College, Shattuc Road, Centralia.
11/14/2019: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Centralia American Legion Hall, 117 South Poplar, Centralia.
11/23/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Centralia Elks Lodge, 235 North Locust Street, Centralia.

Washington County:
11/5/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Washington County Hospital-Nashville, 705 South Grand, Nashville.
11/21/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Barbara Parish, 305 North Front Street, PO Box 106, Okawville.

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