January is National Blood Donor Month and The Red Cross is encouraging everyone to chip in and donate a pint.
This year, the Red Cross is low on blood types B negative and o negative, but welcomes anyone willing to roll up their sleeve. The harsh winter weather and massive flu outbreak has made it a slow season for blood donations. some blood drives are experiencing lower-than-average turnouts.
Being a donor is simple: states request donors are healthy, 17 years old or older and weigh at least 110 pounds.
You can even donate if youve had the flu or flu shot—as long as youre not sick now.
The impact is huge—the red cross says a single blood donate can save more than one life.
And theres a demand for it—every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. It may be for an accident victim or cancer patient.
If you choose to donate, drink about 16 ounces of water and eat a healthy meal beforehand. Also, avoid vigorous exercise for the remainder of the day. Reporting on health matters, I’m Lyssa Hansen.