Flu Affecting Blood Supply

If you need blood, you may have a tough time getting it. The Coffee Memorial Blood Center averages about 25 hundred units every month.

But these past few months, as the Panhandle area has taken a hit from the flu, the blood center has also suffered.  Suzanne Talley says "at one of our drives, out of 843 people, 251 of them had to be turned away because they had the flu."

Talley says anyone on antibiotics or anyone who just does not feel well should wait a few days before trying to donate.

But for those who are healthy enough to donate right now, the blood center is in the middle of "Hoops Madness."

Throughout the month of March, anyone who donates blood will have a chance to register to win a 42 inch flat screen plasma tv.

Last March, the center received 27-hundred donated units of blood. Talley says they are hoping to break that record this year.