As influenza activity picks up this fall, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need.
The blood drive is running Nov. 1 to 15 at various locations (see below) in Arizona, according to a release from the American Red Cross.
Blood and platelets can only be given by donors who are feeling well.
As a reminder, the 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 af-ter receiving a flu shot as long as the donor is symptom-free and fever-free.
For those who 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.
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 1-800-733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
When at a blood donation location, a blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification, are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 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 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.
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals.
Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. Click here for more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position.
According to a release, the American Red Cross supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood.
Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at azpro, 650 N. 99th Ave. Ste. 101
1-6 p.m. Nov. 11 at Chandler Gilbert Family YMCA, 1655 W. Frye Road
11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 12 at Majorel, 145 S. 79th St., Ste. 70
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Earnhardt Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, 1521 E. Drivers Way
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 14 at Paradise Valley Police Department, 6433 E. Lincoln Drive
1-6 p.m. Nov. 14 at Peoples Mortgage, 9059 W. Lake Pleasant Pkwy, Ste. G700
8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 1 at Maricopa County Administration Building, 301 W. Jefferson St.
8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ, 5524 E. Lafayette Blvd
8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Cubex, 1048 N. 44th St. Ste. 100
8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Arizona State DES Building, 4000 N. Central Ave.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 14 at Southwest Key Programs, 1201 S. 7th Ave. Ste. 200
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at PHI Air Medical, 2800 N. 44th St. Ste. 125
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 1 at International Cruise & Excursions Inc., 7720 N. Dobson Road
8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, 15800 Del Webb Blvd
1:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Walgreens, 15514 W. Waddell Road
11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 14 at Arizona State University American Red Cross Club Tempe, 400 E. Apache Blvd
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 13 at Northern Arizona University Student Union, 1050 S. Knoles Drive
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 13 at Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 12 at Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road