Uptick in Rockford-area flu cases creates blood shortage

Courtesy: Rock River Valley Blood Center (Facebook)
Courtesy: Rock River Valley Blood Center (Facebook)(WIFR)
Published: Feb. 10, 2020 at 4:01 PM CST
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A rise in the number of cold and flu cases around the area cause a dip in blood donations at the Rock River Valley Blood Center.

The center provides blood products and services for 10 regional hospitals. CEO Lisa Entrikin says the center saw a 20% decrease in walk-in traffic and a 40% increase in cancellations in January.

“We are urging not only repeat donors to give blood, but also community members who have not donated to visit one of our donor centers or mobile drives to donate blood,” said Entrikin. “It’s safe and simple, and one unit can save up to three lives.”

The center needs at least 700 donors per week to meet the demand of hospitals. All blood types are needed.

Walk-in donors are welcome. Appointments can also be made online at or by calling 815-965-8751.

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