Blood Donor Month
National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during winter – one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs. During the winter months, inclement weather often results in cancelled blood drives, and seasonal illnesses like the flu may cause some donors to become temporarily unable to donate.
Why is donating blood important?
There is no substitute for blood.
“Fresh” blood is always needed.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
Facts about blood donation:
Every 2 seconds someone in the United States needs blood
1 in 4 people in the U.S. will need a blood transfusion at least once in their lifetime
1 unit of blood can save up to 3 lives
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
If you are unsure if it is safe for you to donate blood, contact your doctor.