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The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients as the U.S. braces for flu season while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Medical experts are urging people to get the flu shot to avoid a flu epidemic on top of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Because blood can only be given by those who are feeling well, a severe flu season could create additional challenges to maintaining a sufficient blood supply for hospital patients in need. 

There is no waiting period to give blood or platelets after receiving a flu shot as long as the donor is symptom-free and fever-free. There is no risk of transmitting the influenza virus after receiving a flu vaccination.

Those who have the flu should wait until they no longer exhibit flu symptoms, have recovered completely and feel well before attempting to donate. Donors must feel healthy and well on the day of donation.

To make a donation appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor skill on any Alexa Echo device. 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities are available at the following locations: 

BAILEY

• Nov. 7 — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bailey Chamber of Commerce, 6720 Main St.

NASHVILLE

• Oct. 26 — 3-7 p.m., Sandy Cross United Methodist Church, 3725 Sandy Cross Road.

ROCKY MOUNT

• Oct. 23 — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Golden East Crossing Mall, 1100 N. Wesleyan Blvd.

• Oct. 26 — 3-7 p.m., Christ Covenant Church, 3124 Belmont Lake Drive.

• Oct. 26 — 3-7 p.m., Bethlehem Baptist Church, 305 S. Halifax Road.

• Oct. 28 — 2-7 p.m., Oakdale Baptist Church, 13037 U.S. 64 Alternate W.

• Oct. 30 — 1-6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 153 N. Church St.

• Nov. 9 — 2:30-7 p.m., Lakeside Baptist Church, 1501 Sunset Ave.

• Nov. 11 — 3-7 p.m., West Edgecombe Baptist Church, 13721 N.C. 43 N.

• Nov. 12 — 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Nash Community College Building CE, 522 N. Old Carriage Road.

• Nov. 12 — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Harrison Family YMCA, 1000 Independence Drive.

• Nov. 14 — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thorne’s Chapel Baptist Church, 1624 Windsor Drive.

WILSON

• Oct. 24 — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 2512 Nash St.

• Oct. 27 — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., James B. Hunt High School, 4559 Lamm Road.

• Oct. 27 — 1-7 p.m., Fike High School, 500 Harrison Drive.

• Oct. 31 — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wilson Community Church, 2301 Montgomery Drive.

• Nov. 2 — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Peace Baptist Church, 2838 Tilghman Road N.

• Nov. 8 — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wilson Medical Center, 1705 Tarboro St. S.

• Nov. 10 — Noon to 5 p.m., Wilson Medical Center, 1705 Tarboro St. S.

• Nov. 11 — 2-6 p.m., First Christian Church, 207 Tarboro St. NE.

TARBORO

• Oct. 29 — 1-5 p.m., Braswell Center, 1500 Western Blvd.

• Nov. 2 — 2:45-7 p.m., St. James United Methodist Church, 211 E. St. James St.

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