Flu affecting blood donations
It’s one of the first questions a person is asked when they donate blood: Are you feeling healthy today?
For many, the answer is no.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza has reached epidemic proportions in nine of 10 regions in the United States, accounting for 7.3 percent of all deaths in the country last week. As a result, some blood banks are reporting donations are down for January, which is National Blood Donor Month.
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