Sharp To Hold Blood Drive Amid Drop In Donations Due To Flu

Thursday, January 18, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh
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Above: Promotional photo of packages of blood in a blood bank.

The current flu season has had devastating consequences in San Diego County with thousands of confirmed cases and a record number of flu-related deaths. But there has been another consequence of the flu epidemic, a drop in blood donations.

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The San Diego Blood Bank issued a call for donations this month after a drop in contributions due to donors who cancelled appointments after getting sick with the flu.

Sharp HealthCare is holding a blood drive Saturday in Kearny Mesa with the goal of collecting 1,000 units of blood in 2018.

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Susan Stone, CEO at Sharp Coronado Hospital, discusses the need for blood donations and what donors should know before they give blood, Thursday on Midday Edition.

When: Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Where: 8695 Spectrum Center Blvd.

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