Blood Donations Welcomed Following Vaccinations

Red Cross accepts blood from influenza vaccinated people
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It is anticipated by health experts that throughout the winter of 2022-2023, there will be an increased demand for blood donations in the U.S.

The American Red Cross urges healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply as the Northern Hemisphere flu season begins.

And the Red Cross is sharing a vital reminder... that it's okay to give blood after getting an influenza or COVID-19 vaccination.

Receiving these life-saving vaccines causes no blood donation waiting period and does not affect eligibility as long as donors are healthy, feeling well, and symptom-free.

"It's particularly important during the fall and winter months, when we see an increase in flu cases, that those who are in good health share their good health by giving blood," said Dr. Baia Lasky for the American Red Cross in a press release on October 25, 2022.

However, for those with the flu or COVID-19, it is essential to wait until they no longer exhibit symptoms, have recovered completely, and feel well before attempting to donate.

The Red Cross urges blood donors of all types and those who have never given before to book a time to give blood or platelets now and help keep the blood supply strong for hospital patients.

The American Red Cross supplies about 40% of the nation's blood.

The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. While donors are no longer required to wear a mask, individuals may choose to continue to do so. Those who would like to share their good health by giving blood can find a blood drive and schedule a donation appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a nonprofit organization, the Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission.

In Canada, blood and plasma donations have recently taken a different approach.

A recent report indicates Canada cannot supply sufficient blood products from unpaid donors to meet its needs and has been buying fractionated plasma products.

Over the last five years, Canada spent more than $700 million per year, reported the Conversation on October 23, 2022.

However, the Canadian Blood Services makes it easy for Canadians to donate blood.

You can book an appointment by searching for a donor centre by location, selecting an appointment date and time that suits you, and then logging in to complete the booking. Or call (1-888-236-6283) with any questions.

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