Flu season has San Diego's blood supplies at low levels

Flu season has San Diego's blood supplies at low levels
Posted at 10:46 AM, Jan 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-08 13:46:52-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The flu and bad weather could create a squeeze on blood supplies, the San Diego Blood Bank said Monday.

January is usually a difficult time of year to collect enough blood donations, according to the SDBB.

County health officials have reported higher than usual rates of the flu. The SDBB is also predicting donor cancellations due to colds.

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Nationwide, blood centers have been unable to collect donations due to winter storms. Due to possible shortages, San Diego may be asked to help other states.

“It's critical that our community, especially those with type O blood, and those who have never given blood before, come out and donate today,” said San Diego Blood Bank CEO, David Wellis. “Let’s do what we do best, partner together as a community to save the lives of patients in need.”

To donate blood, you must be in general good health, at least 17 years old, and 114 pounds.

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Eligible donors can schedule an appointment online or by calling 800-469-7322 (800-4-MY-SDBB).