DeKALB — The Centers for Disease Control is warning the public to be wary of the potential spike in flu cases this year and implores those who are eligible, healthy and feeling well to donate blood.
Donors are urged to give now as the American Red Cross works to combat the ongoing emergency blood shortage, resulting in the lowest supply levels at this time of year in over a decade.
Flu cases dropped to an all-time low last year due to the use of COVID-related protocols, according to the CDC. Additionally, the CDC also notes that many Americans may have reduced immunity this year, adding that the numbers of healthy blood donors tends to decrease as seasonal illness increases.
The Red Cross is offering an incentive to potential donors by providing those who donate between Nov. 1 and Nov. 23 with a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Amazon. Donors who give from Nov. 24 to Nov. 28 will receive a pair of Red Cross socks, while supplies last.
No blood donation waiting periods are in place for recipients of the flu shot or a Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine or booster, but donors must not have any symptoms.
Those interested in donating can schedule an appointment by now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting their website or calling 1-800-733-2767.
There will also be an opportunity to donate blood in the DeKalb area next week, when the Red Cross will be holding a drive at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 675 Fox Avenue in Sycamore. The event will be held on Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.