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14 October 2019

How flu season affects giving blood

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Cough, splutter, sniff - it’s about to go viral.

As the nights draw in and tissue sales soar, bloodstocks can fall. There's no doubt about it - cold and flu season is kicking off. But what does this mean for giving blood?

Well, you should always be in good health before you go to give blood. If you're suffering from a cough, cold or sore throat, it’s best to stay tucked up with a cuppa and your current binge-watch favourite. You can give blood once you're getting better and feeling well.

Booked in for a flu jab? The good news is you can still give blood as long as you feel well and have had no ill effects from the vaccine.

If you already have an appointment and then become ill, then it's really important to cancel. This means someone else can take your place, and we can continue to meet the demand of patients across Scotland.

Booked in for a flu jab? The good news is you can still give blood as long as you feel well and have had no ill effects from the vaccine.

As the chorus of coughs ring out around your workplace, remember every donation counts. Each time you give blood, you could save or improve the lives of up to three patients in Scotland. If you're feeling fit and well, please give on behalf of those who can't.

Current blood stock levels across Scotland

We aim to retain 6 days of stocks at any time in order to meet the requirements of patients in Scotland.

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