January is National Blood Donor Month

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During National Blood Donor Month, donors of all types are needed, especially type O and platelet donors.  Courtesy Image
During National Blood Donor Month, donors of all types are needed, especially type O and platelet donors. Courtesy Image

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Vitalant urges all eligible donors to resolve to donate blood in January and avoid a shortage. Many blood and platelet donation appointments remain available in the new year, a worrying sign that Vitalant may be experiencing a blood shortage. Scheduling and keeping donation appointments helps ensure a steady flow of donations through Vitalant for routine and emergency patient needs.

All necessary blood groups
During National Blood Donor Month, donors of all types are needed, especially type O and platelet donors. Type O blood is most in demand. Platelet donations should be used within one week of donation and help cancer patients who need frequent transfusions.

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Eligibility and appointment: no waiting period after flu vaccine, COVID-19 vaccine

To learn more and schedule an appointment to donate, please visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). Vitalant follows strict protocols to keep donors, patients and staff safe, including social distancing and other precautions. Masks are mandatory for all donors, staff, volunteers and guests, regardless of their vaccination status. There is no waiting period to donate after receiving a Food and Drug Administration-cleared COVID-19 vaccine or seasonal influenza vaccine if other eligibility requirements are met.

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