NORTHEAST, NEB — 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. Blood can only be given by donors who are feeling well. The Red Cross wants the public to know that getting a flu shot doesn’t affect blood donation eligibility. There is no waiting period to give blood after receiving a flu shot as long as the donor is feeling well and has no fever. 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.
Upcoming locations, dates, and times to donate blood include;
Madison at the high school located at 700 S. Kent Street on November 15th from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Norfolk at the American Legion located at 105 E. Norfolk Ave. Suite 400 on November 5th and 12th from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Osmond at the high school located at 202 West Prairie Street on November 5th from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Stanton at the high school located at 1007 Kingwood Street on November 13th from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Wayne at the WSC Student Center on campus from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
For more information and details about donating blood or to find a donation location near you visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS(1-800-733-2767).