Flu linked to decline in blood donations

Finding blood donors anytime of year can be tough. But when you pair the cold weather with the flu, donations can quickly dry up at blood banks.


The flu and other illnesses are causing blood donations to drop. United Blood Services in Rapid City has noticed that downward trend quite frequently this month.

Community center director Corri Bliese says there has been less participation at blood drives and more people are calling in to delay their appointments because they’re feeling under the weather. Bliese says despite the decline in donations the center is still able to meet its needs.

“We’re able to maintain our hospital blood supplies very well,” said Bliese. “We see no signs of shortages at this time. But we always want to be prepared for any emergency. So it’s really important for people to make and keep those appointments.”

Bliese says if you are not feeling well don’t donate blood until you are healthy. UBS is in need of all blood types, especially universal type-O.



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