Red Cross: Healthy donors needed to maintain blood supply

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 23, 2019) — As influenza activity picks up this fall, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need. Blood and platelets can only be given by donors who are feeling well.

Flu shot doesn’t affect blood donation eligibility

One way to maintain health is to get a flu vaccine each fall. There is no waiting period to give blood or platelets after receiving a flu shot as long as the donor is symptom-free and fever-free.

For those that have the flu, it is important to wait until they no longer exhibit flu symptoms, have recovered completely and feel well before attempting to donate. Donors must feel healthy and well on the day of donation.

All blood types needed now

Donors of all blood types, especially platelet donors and those with type O blood, are urged to give now to ensure a stable supply this fall. Stay healthy this flu season and make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 1-15:

Benton Elementary School, 208 West 11th St. Benton, KY  42025

11/14/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Calvert City Elementary School, 563 E. 5th Ave. Calvert City, KY 42029

11/7/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fairfield Church of Christ, 1860 Hwy. 100 Centerville, TN 37033

11/4/2019: 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church, 115 Second St. Fulton, KY 42041

11/5/2019: noon – 4 p.m.

First Baptist Church, 1st and Ash Street Calvert City, KY 42029

11/4/2019: noon – 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church Kuttawa, Walnut Drive Kuttawa, KY 42055

11/4/2019: 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

First Christian Church, 415 Audubon Drive Paducah, KY 42001

11/4/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Fulton County High School, 2740 Moscow Road Hickman, KY 42050

11/15/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Murray State University, Chestnut St. Murray, KY 42071

11/12/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

11/13/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive Paducah, KY 42001

11/1/2019: 8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

11/4/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.

11/5/2019: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

11/7/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

11/8/2019: 8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

11/9/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

11/10/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

11/11/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.

11/12/2019: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

11/14/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

11/15/2019: 8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

St. John’s Catholic Church, 6705 Old Highway 45 Paducah, KY 42001

11/10/2019: 8 a.m. – noon

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1620 West Main St. Murray, KY 42071

11/14/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.