Red Cross in Need of O Negative Blood

September 27, 2013 Updated Oct 12, 2010 at 11:26 AM EDT

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Red Cross in Need of O Negative Blood

September 27, 2013 Updated Oct 12, 2010 at 11:26 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The American Red Cross Blood Services of the New York, Pennsylvania region announced Tuesday that the supply of type O negative blood has dropped to critically low levels.

Type O negative blood is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations. Type O negative donors are needed immediately to help prevent the blood supply from further decline.

In recent weeks, the Red Cross has seen a decline in collections, possibly due to torrential rain and flooding and early onset of seasonal illness. However, the need for blood has not declined. The Red Cross reminds donors that receiving a flu shot does not make a person ineligible to donate blood as long as they feel fine at the time of their donation.

Eligible volunteer blood donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive or make an appointment.