Flu season creates urgent national shortage of blood donors

KeepHealthCare.ORG – Flu season creates urgent national shortage of blood donors

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is appealing with “particular urgency” for O-negative blood donors, as the flu season has left the blood service with just two days’ supply.

The blood service needs 4500 O-negative blood type donors between now and the end of July, with one-third of those donors needed in NSW, Australian Red Cross Blood Service NSW spokeswoman Jemma Falkenmire said.

The flu season has lead to a national shortage of O-negative blood.

The flu season has lead to a national shortage of O-negative blood.

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“At the moment we only have around two days’ supply of O-negative blood type, and so it’s obviously a concern and we do need to boost those numbers.”

About 1000 donors cancel their appointments every week across Australia in the winter months because of the flu season, Ms Falkenmire said, which usually leads to a national shortage.

“We only have around 3 per cent of the population donating blood, so obviously it’s really difficult for us to meet the needs when this happens,” she said.

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/national/flu-season-creates-urgent-national-shortage-of-blood-donations-20180703-p4zp4e.html

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