State public health director urges
Illinoisans to donate blood
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Some blood types in Illinois are at
critical levels after Labor Day weekend
[SEPT. 7, 2006]
SPRINGFIELD -- Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public
health director, is encouraging Illinoisans to donate blood, due to
limited supplies. Following the Labor Day weekend, state blood
centers are experiencing anywhere from critical to barely adequate
blood supply levels.
"Every two seconds in America, someone needs blood, and we all
expect it to be there when we need it," Whitaker said. "Today, I'm
urging people to take about an hour of time out to donate since it
could mean the difference between life and death for someone else.
Donations are urgently needed as blood centers are experiencing
shortages following the summer, a traditionally low giving season,
and the Labor Day weekend."
Blood centers around the state are
reporting low or critical supply needs:
Illinois Community Blood Center, Springfield, has a critical
need for O negative, O positive and A negative blood and reports
it has only about a two-day supply for the remaining blood
types, which is below normal. The center supplies blood to 11
hospitals in west-central Illinois and eight hospitals in the
Metro East area. www.cicbc.org
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Services, Chicago, which serves Cook County and surrounding
counties, needs O negative and O positive donations.
The Rock River
Valley Blood Center, Rockford, which serves many northern
Illinois counties, has less than a two-day supply on hand of
most blood types and is in special need of O negative, O
positive and B positive blood types.
Approximately 38,000 units of blood a day are needed in the
United States, according to America's Blood Centers. Of the 60
percent of Americans eligible to give blood, only 5 percent actually
donate. Eligible volunteers can donate blood every 56 days, but on
average they donate less than two times a year.
To find a blood donation center near you, call America's Blood
Centers at 888-US BLOOD (888-872-5663) or the American Red Cross at
800-GIVE-LIFE (800-448-3543), or visit
Department of Public Health news release]