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Tuesday 23rd May 2017


The Blood Service is urging people with the O-Negative and O-Positive blood types to roll up their sleeves and give blood in the next fortnight as the nation’s reserve slips to just two days’ supply.

Historically, cold and flu symptoms wipe out up to 1,000 donors a day over the winter months, placing a strain on existing donors.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service spokesman Shaun Inguanzo called on 8,000 donors to come forward and donate between Monday 22nd May and Friday 2 June to help prevent a blood shortage.

“These two blood types are essential: O-Negative is the universal type given to patients in emergency situations,” he said.

“And O Positive is the type that 39 percent of Australians have – and therefore the most type needed – should they require a blood transfusion.

“With one in three of us needing donated blood in our lifetime the life you save could be that of friend or family member.”

Mr Inguanzo said maintaining blood supplies during winter was a seasonal challenge for the Blood Service.

“The number of people suffering cold and flu symptoms increases, limiting the number of regular donors who are able to give,” he said.

“We need others – in this case people with O Negative and O Positive blood – to take the place of those who will be unable to answer our call.”

Donors who are affected by cold and flu symptoms are able to give blood at least seven days after making a full recovery.

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