Please help: The Red Cross’ Greg French with blood donor Daniel Hill earlier in the winter. The flu season has hit stocks hard, and the blood service is about to run out of some blood types.The blood signal will be activated on Monday as the Red Cross says blood stocks are running desperately low.
It will be the first time in two years the digital signal and appeal has been activated, after a debilitating winter flu season.
There are less than two days’ supply of O Negative and less than three days left ofO Positive, Red Cross spokesman Greg French said.
“O Negative is the universal blood type that can be given to anyone in an emergency, and O Positive is the most common blood type in the country: more than 40 percent of Australians would need O Positive blood in the event of a transfusion,” Mr French said.
“The problem is that up to 1000 donors a week are cancelling their donations due to cold and flu symptoms, and to make matters worsewe’ve had a recent spike in demand for blood.”
Mr Frenchsaid the organisation would now activate its Blood Signal on social media, which has become one ofthe quickest and most effective ways of reaching new donors.
“We hope Australian donors will see it as a call-to-action to rise to the occasion,” he said.
“Even if you can’t donate, you can share the blood signal online to encourage friends to give in your place.
“Every donation you make or help encourage can help save three lives, including those of cancer patients, unborn babies, mothers giving birth, road trauma victims, burns victims, and people who need kidney dialysis.”
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