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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

 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.

 All blood types needed now

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  

 College Springs

Nov. 12: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., South Page High School, 600 S Iowa

 Essex

Nov. 8: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Essex High School, 111 Forbes St.

 Shenandoah

Nov. 8: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Shenandoah Medical Center, 300 Pershing Ave.

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