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National Blood Shortage Continues, Donation Is Needed Urgently

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The Daily Wildcat

USA – August 14, 2018

An emergency blood shortage has been in effect all summer across the nation. The shortage of blood began last month, the Red Cross said, adding the supply of blood remains at critically low levels.

Many regular donors delay giving blood to take final summer vacations and to prepare for school to start, however, the need for blood remains, the Red Cross said. In fact, the agency said the need for blood transfusions is often higher in the summer months.

Blood collection agencies, like the American Red Cross and The Blood Center, are asking anyone that is able to please donate.

To ensure lifesaving treatments remain available for patients in the coming weeks, donations are needed now, especially type O, the Red Cross added.

If helping save lives isn't enough of a reward, both the Red Cross and the Blood Center offer other incentives for people who donate. The Red Cross will give a $5 Amazon gift card to everyone who donates by Aug. 30.

There are multiple ways to donate. While eligibility requirements vary for the different forms of blood that are donated, the basic requirements state that a person must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health. The Blood Center allows teenagers who are 16 and older to donate but a parental consent form is required. People are eligible to donate blood every eight weeks.

There are many reasons why people can't donate. Some of the common ones include having a cold or flu, being on certain medications, having low iron, or recently traveling outside of the U.S. For a full list of all the reasons a person may be turned away from donating, see the Blood Center website.

Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 16 weeks.

For more information about donating blood or making an appointment please visit American Red Cross. To make an appointment with The Blood Center or for more information about donating with them, visit their web page here or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Author: USA Really