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Flu vaccine, blood donation both help save lives | October 21, 2020

(October 21, 2020) — The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood to ensure a strong blood supply for patients as the U.S. braces for flu season while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Flu vaccine, blood donation both help save lives | October 21, 2020

 

Flu vaccine, blood donation both help save lives

Healthy donors are needed to maintain blood supply

 

(Oct. 21, 2020) — The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood to ensure a strong blood supply for patients as the U.S. braces for flu season while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Flu shot doesn’t affect blood donation eligibility

Medical experts are urging people to get the flu shot to avoid a flu epidemic on top of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Because blood can only be given by those who are feeling well, a severe flu season could create additional challenges to maintaining a sufficient blood supply for hospital patients in need.

 

Get the flu vaccine this year to help protect the nation from the virus but also to ensure that patients continue to have access to lifesaving blood products. There is no waiting period to give blood or platelets after receiving a flu shot as long as the donor is symptom-free and fever-free. There is no risk of transmitting the influenza virus after receiving a flu vaccination.

 

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.

 

Stay healthy this flu season and make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

 

In thanks for making time to donate, the Red Cross will send those who come to give Oct. 15-Nov. 11 a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. Plus, those who come to give in October are automatically entered for a chance to win a $1,000 Amazon.com Gift Card. Five lucky people will win. (Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Unite.)

Important COVID-19 information for donors

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from COVID-19 survivors that have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus.

 

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

 

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Oct. 22-Nov. 15:

Perry County

 

Junction City

10/24/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

10/23/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st St.

11/13/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st St.

 

New Straitsville

11/10/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

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Athens County

 

Athens

10/28/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Baker Center, Baker Center Ballroom, 1 Park Place

10/29/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Red Cross Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

11/10/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Red Cross Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

11/10/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Baker Center, 1 Park Place

 

Nelsonville

11/3/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Nelsonville York High School, 1 Buckeye Dr.

11/9/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Nelsonville Church of the Nazarene, 15275 St. Rt. 691

 

The Plains

10/27/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Plains United Methodist Church, 3 North Plains Rd

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

11/9/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

11/13/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

 

Fresno

10/30/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Valley View Health Clinic, 32327 State Route 643

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Fairfield County

 

Amanda

10/28/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Amanda Fire Department, 211 No. Johns St.

 

Baltimore

10/31/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., LifeBridge Church, 1001 S. Main Street

 

Lancaster

10/23/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Johns Family Community Blood Drive, 343 E. Walnut St.

10/26/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Crossroads, 2095 W. Fair Ave

11/2/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

11/3/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

11/5/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 343 E. Walnut St.

 

Lithopolis

11/14/2020: 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Lithopolis United Methodist Church, 80 N. Market Street

 

Pickerington

10/23/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., OhioHealth Pickerington Medical Campus, 1010 Refugee Road

10/29/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickerington Church of the Nazarene, 11775 Pickerington Rd. NW

11/6/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pickerington Church of the Nazarene, 11775 Pickerington Rd. NW

11/11/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., OhioHealth Pickerington Medical Campus, 1010 Refugee Road

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Greene County

 

Beavercreek

10/29/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Fairfield Commons, 2727 Fairfield Commons

 

Cedarville

11/12/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Grace Baptist Church, 109 N. Main St.

 

Xenia

11/14/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Xenia Community Center, 1265 W. 2nd St.

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

10/22/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Stop Nine, 60330 Southgate Road

11/11/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Stop Nine, 60330 Southgate Road

 

Cambridge

11/6/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Guernsey County Crossroads Branch Library, 63500 Byesville Road

11/15/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Community Health Link, 1205 Clark Street

 

Kipling

11/7/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Old Stoners Post 7371-Kipling, 61771 Primrose Lane

 

Quaker City

10/26/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Calais Church, 29880 Miltonsburg Calais Road

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Harrison County

 

Cadiz

10/28/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Cadiz Volunteer Fire Department, 254 East Market Street

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Hocking County

 

Logan

10/25/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Ebenezer Heritage Center, 7094 Twp Rd. 234

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Licking County

 

Etna

10/29/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Daybreak Church, 1226 Pike Street

 

Granville

10/22/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bryn Du Mansion, 699 Jones Rd NE

10/24/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., The United Church of Granville, 115 West Broadway

 

Heath

10/27/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Indian Mound Mall, 771 S. 30th St

 

Hebron

11/5/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Village of Hebron Offices, 934 W. Main Street

 

Johnstown

11/9/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of the Ascension Worship Center, 555 South Main St

 

Newark

10/23/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/24/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Elks Lodge, 73 North Third Street

10/27/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/28/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Trek Brewing Company, 1486 Granville Rd

10/30/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/1/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Wilkins Community Building, 11152 Willkins Run Road

11/2/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Community Wesleyan Church, 161 Myrtle Avenue

11/3/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/4/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., First UMC Newark, 88 North 5th Street

11/5/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/6/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/10/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/11/2020: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 West Main Street

11/11/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/12/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Licking County Chapter House, 143 South 30th Street

11/12/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/12/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking County Administration Building, 20 South 2nd Street

11/13/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Pataskala

10/23/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Licking County Family YMCA, 355 West Broad Street

11/2/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church, 7618 Hazelton-Etna Road

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Madison County

 

London

10/30/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fairhaven School, 510 Elm Street

11/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fairhaven School, 510 Elm Street

 

Plain City

10/24/2020: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Maranatha Community Fellowship, 6240 Lucas Rd.

10/25/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Shred CrossFit, 7670 Commerce Place, Ste. E

11/4/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Haven Fellowship Church, 7730 Converse-Huff Road

11/7/2020: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Journey Community Church, 11100 Lafayette-Plain City Road

 

West Jefferson

11/10/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Simon and Jude, 9350 High Free West Pike

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Muskingum County

 

Adamsville

10/26/2020: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Adamsville Community Center, 8200 Madison Road

 

Duncan Falls

11/5/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Cornerstone Full Gospel Church, 4509 Salt Creek Drive

11/12/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Duncan Falls - Philo Lions Club, Wayne Township Hall, 216 Bridge Street

 

New Concord

11/3/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., East Muskingum Middle School, 13120 John Glenn School Road

 

Roseville

11/11/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Post 71, 74 S. Main Street

 

Zanesville

10/29/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

11/2/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

11/7/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Unity Church of the Nazarene, 3095 Maysville Pike

11/10/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

11/11/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Colony Square Mall, 3575 Maple Avenue

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Noble County

 

Caldwell

10/27/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Noble County Fairgrounds, 44187 Fairgrounds Rd

 

Sarahsville

10/27/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Shenandoah High School, 49346 SR 147

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Perry County

 

Junction City

10/24/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

10/23/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st St.

11/13/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st St.

 

New Straitsville

11/10/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

10/27/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ohio Christian University, 1476 Lancaster Pike

11/3/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

11/4/2020: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Circleville VFW, 1096 Tarlton Road

11/4/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

11/13/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Amvets Post 2256-Circleville, 818 Tarlton Road

 

Williamsport

11/5/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Westfall High School, 19463 Pherson Pike

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Ross County

 

Chillicothe

10/23/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

10/26/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christian Life Tabernacle, 3017 Egypt Pike

10/29/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

10/29/2020: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tabernacle Baptist Church, 221 E. Main St.

10/30/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., iHeartMEDIA Blood Bash at the South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

11/2/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Heritage Nazarene Church-Chillicothe Campus, 730 Orange St.

11/6/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

11/13/2020: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

 

Frankfort

11/14/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Masonic Lodge #309, 23 W Springfield St.

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Vinton County

 

Mc Arthur

11/11/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., McArthur United Methodist Church, 200 S. Market St.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About blood donation

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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Upcoming Events
Free Legal Clinic | Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Dec 01, 2020 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM — Perry County Courthouse - 105 North Main Street, New Lexington, OH 43764
Blood Drive Crooksville Recreation Center | Wednesday, December 2, 2020 Dec 02, 2020 01:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Crooksville Recreation Center - 100 N Buckeye St, Crooksville, OH 43731
Blood Drive Thornville Masonic Lodge Saturday, December 5, 2020 Dec 05, 2020 07:00 AM - 12:30 PM — Thornville Masonic Lodge #521 - 44 E Columbus St, Thornville, OH 43076
Blood Drive Perry County Senior Center | Friday, December 18, 2020 Dec 18, 2020 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Perry County Senior Center - 520 First St, New Lexington, OH 43764
Blood Drive American Legion Post 376 | Saturday, December 19, 2020 Dec 19, 2020 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM — American Legion Post 376 - 110 Logan St, Junction City, OH 43748
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