Host a blood drive
Blood Donation Basics
24 Nov 2021
What usually comes to mind when you think about the meaning of “rare”? Probably something that is uncommon or special, like a rare gift, a rare occasion or a rare gem. Other dictionary definitions of “rare” include “seldom occurring, scarce, unique, exceptional.”
You may have heard the phrase “most rare blood type” and wondered what exactly that means. After all, how can a blood type be rare, and what exactly is the rarest blood type, if there even is one?
When it comes to the life-sustaining fluid coursing through your veins, yes, there are rare blood types, and all of the above definitions apply. There is a small percentage of the population who are unique because they have a blood type that not many others have.
The rarest blood type in the U.S. is AB-negative, clocking in as the blood type for only 1% of the population. B-negative makes up only 2 percent of our population, followed by AB-positive at 4%. The total distribution of blood types in the U.S., according to the AABB is as follows:
Hundreds of blood antigens have been identified, with more being di... Read More
We welcome the year 2022 and invite you to participate in new healt... Read More
What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Do you gather with family f... Read More
Ready to donate, but unsure if you qualify? Or maybe you’ve been deferred in the past — but that doesn’t necessarily mean you still can’t donate. View our most up-to-date eligibility requirements.
Then, use any donate button to schedule an appointment.