When you give blood, you must be feeling healthy! With cold and flu season upon us, it is even more important for healthy donors to stop in at Inland Northwest Blood Center. Whether it has been a while since you have donated or if you have never donated before, now is the time to give blood. Roll up your sleeve and make saving a life part of YOUR New Year’s Resolution.
No. Influenza virus has not been shown to be transmitted through blood transfusion. According to research, seasonal influenza does not appear to pose a significant contamination threat to the blood supply.
You can donate after receiving the influenza vaccine if you are symptom‐free and meet all other eligibility requirements. Neither the flu shot nor the intranasal form of the influenza vaccine is cause for a blood donation deferral because there is no risk of transmitting influenza after receiving the vaccines.
Blood donors must feel healthy and well on the day of donation. You should wait until you no longer have flu symptoms, have recovered completely and feel well before you attempt to donate.
The flu season may cause a decline in local blood donations as donors experience flu‐like symptoms. Anyone who is not feeling well on the day of donation will be deferred from giving blood. Because donors are unable to keep their appointments, Inland Northwest Blood Center the sole supplier of blood for the area hospitals, is seeing a lower‐than‐expected turnout.