Call for more donors as flu hits blood supplies

A Jawa, one of the unusual characters to give blood at the Cannington centre, is from the Desert Scorpion Squad whose members donated on June 14.
A Jawa, one of the unusual characters to give blood at the Cannington centre, is from the Desert Scorpion Squad whose members donated on June 14.

DONATIONS at the Red Cross Blood Service in Cannington have been curtailed by the flu and the centre is desperate for new donors.

Blood service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said as many as 900 donors called to cancel their blood donation appointment every week throughout Australia because of cold and flu symptoms.

She said this had reduced winter supplies. “If you’re feeling well and healthy, you may be eligible to give blood,” she said. “One in three of us will need it in our lifetime, and the need for blood never takes a break – even if our regular donors need to.

“Patients fighting cancer, infections and blood diseases rely on donated blood to keep them healthy throughout winter. It only takes one hour to donate blood.”