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Flu may be to blame for blood shortage

By Jason Goodwin, News Director, jgoodwin@ktxs.com
Published On: Jan 11 2013 05:23:50 PM CST

ABILENE, Texas -

The flu may be contributing to a blood shortage.

United Blood Services in San Angelo has a critical need for the O-Negative blood type. Workers there said on Friday, they have less than a 1 day of supply of O-Negative blood type on their shelves.

The 8 hospitals served by UBS, also have low supply. Organizers say they would not have enough in the event of an emergency.

They're holding blood drives next week at the Heartland Mall and the Wal-Mart in Brownwood.

At the Heartland Mall, a drive will be held Monday, January 14th from noon to 3pm.

On Friday, January 18th a blood drive will be held at the Brownwood Wal-Mart      

The Meek Blood Center in Abilene is also seeing a shortage. Leaders there say fewer people may be donating due to illness.

For the United Blood Services drive, donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh 110 pounds, and be in good health to donate. Donors between age 16 and 22 must meet additional height and weight requirements. 16 year old donors must have their parents sign a form.

More information can be found at www.unitedbloodservices.org.

In Abilene , the Meek Blood Center accepts walk-in donations Monday- Wednesday from 8am-5:30pm, Thursday from 8am - 7pm, and Friday from 8am-4pm.