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Getting Ready for Vacation: Add Giving Blood to Your List of Things To Do

As Independence Day approaches, think about giving blood before you go away.  According to the American Red Cross, blood donations drop during the summer, especially around holiday weekends. Unfortunately, the demand for blood actually increases during the summer. . .particularly during holiday weekends when traffic and other accidents are at a high.

Who can donate blood?  Most healthy people 17 years of age or older who weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible. Federal regulations require donors to wait 56 days between donations.  All donated blood products are screened for transmissible infections and there is absolutely NO RISK of contracting an infection from giving blood. To find a blood drive or donor center near you, call the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE LIFE (800-448-3543).  As a blood donor, you can give the gift of life.  And who knows when you or a loved one might need that gift in return?

Created: 6/28/2001  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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