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Thursday, November 07, 2019by bdust

Upcoming American Red Cross blood donation opportunities Nov. 1-21:

11/1/2019: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Washington Savings Bank, 200 South Banker, Effingham

11/4/2019: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Toledo Christian Church, 501 South Maryland, Toledo

11/5/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., St. Francis Catholic Church, 203 E. Main St., Teutopolis

11/11/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Red Brush Christian Church, Route 45 South, Louisville

11/14/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1000 West North 6th, Shelbyville

11/20/2019: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Hawthorne Inn, 1111 West North 12th Street, Shelbyville

11/21/2019: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Effingham Daily News, 201 North Banker Street, Effingham

 

Red Cross: Healthy donors needed to maintain blood supply

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.

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.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification arerequired at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.  Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass ® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation,before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

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