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Red Cross: Healthy donors needed to maintain blood supply

ST. PAUL — 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

One way to maintain health is to get a flu vaccine each fall. There is no waiting period to give blood or platelets after receiving a flu shot as long as the donor is symptom-free and fever-free.

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, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center

Please check or call 1-800-RED CROSS for current blood donation centers days and hours.

Chippewa Valley Blood Donation Center 3485 E. Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire

Additional blood donation opportunities Nov. 1-15:



11/1/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 1306 Wilcox St.

11/12/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Family Video, 1412 9th St.

St. Croix


11/1/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hudson Hospital & Clinic, 405 Stageline Road

11/1/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., YMCA in Hudson, 2211 Vine St.

11/4/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Walgreens, 141 Carmichael Road

11/7/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 502 County Road UU

11/8/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1097 Scott Road

11/13/2019: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Hudson Middle School, 1300 Carmichael Road


11/11/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 510 Germain

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age 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 years of age 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 or use the Blood Donor App.

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