Red Cross Reminds Americans To Donate Blood This Winter

Healthy Americans urged to give lifesaving blood – even after getting the flu shot or COVID-19 vaccine
Shoreview, Minnesota. American Red Cross blood donor center. (Photo by: Michael Siluk/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • While influenza and COVID-19 cases are expected to surge, health officials are encouraging Americans to remember to donate blood this fall and winter to avoid a decline in donations.
  • Dr. Baia Lasky, medical director of the American Red Cross in Atlanta, Georgia said, “That’s why the Red Cross is reminding people: Remember to donate, even after you vaccinate.”
  • Donors are eligible to give blood after getting a flu or COVID-19 vaccination.
  • “As long as you are healthy, feeling well and symptom-free at the time of donation, you can give lifesaving blood,” Lasky said.

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