Vitalant is asking people with type O+ and O- blood to donate. Here is their official statement: 

The flu and other illnesses have taken a toll on the local blood supply. Vitalant is struggling to maintain strong inventory levels, and as a result, is asking blood donors to donate immediately. Type O donors are especially needed, as there is a greater demand for O+ and O- donors.

“We typically see a drop in donations around this time of year because people are not only recovering from the holidays, many are also suffering from the flu and other illnesses” said Carla Alexander, Marketing & Communications Manager with Vitalant. “This year, it seems that these issues have affected us even more.”

The need for O+ and O- is greater because O is compatible with more of the other blood types. In addition, O- is used in emergency situations when a patient’s blood type is not known.

You can transform a life by making an appoint, or walking in to donate blood today, particularly if you are a type O. If you are in good health, please give blood now to help ensure an adequate community blood supply.

Mobile blood drives:  Tue, 1-22  YMCA  9am – 1pm  ICON Cinema  3pm – 7pm

Vitalant Center  2020 W. Beauregard  Mon, Tue & Th  Noon – 6pm;

Wed & Fri 8am – 1.30pm;  Sat 9am – 1.30pm for info or to make an appoint or find a location

Vitalant, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, supplies comprehensive transfusion medicine services to nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states.