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Give Blood, Meet Vital Patient Needs During October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Oct. 1, 2021 — An estimated 281,550 women and 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and blood, plasma and especially platelet donations are constantly needed to help patients undergoing cancer treatments. By donating with Vitalant during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, donors can support cancer patients and those with chronic blood disorders, surgery patients, trauma victims and others with serious health conditions.
Donors needed to offset blood drive cancellations due to COVID-19 precautions
Blood drives hosted at schools, businesses and other organizations have not rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, but patient needs cannot wait. More donors are needed to visit an alternate community blood drive or Vitalant donation center to ensure every patient need can be met before it arises.
No waiting period to give after receiving a flu shot, COVID-19 vaccine
Those who receive a Food and Drug Administration authorized COVID-19 vaccine or seasonal flu vaccine can give blood immediately if other eligibility requirements are met. Donors must be feeling well the day of their donation.
How to give
To learn more and schedule an appointment to donate, please visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). Vitalant follows strict protocols to ensure the safety of donors, patients, and staff, including social distancing and other precautions. To support a safe environment and most efficiently follow the latest CDC guidance, masks are required for all donors, staff, volunteers and guests at Vitalant blood drives and facilities regardless of vaccination status.
Vitalant (“Vye-TAL-ent”) is the nation’s largest independent, nonprofit blood services provider exclusively focused on providing lifesaving blood and comprehensive transfusion medicine services for about 900 hospitals and their patients across the U.S. Every day, Vitalant needs to collect about 5,300 blood, platelet and plasma donations to help save lives. For more information and to schedule a donation appointment, visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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