Sniffling, coughing and fevers. That’s right folks, flu season is upon us. And unfortunately, flu season also means more canceled appointments for blood donation due to sickness. But no need to worry; there are plenty of things you can do to protect yourself from catching the dreaded influenza and maintain your donor eligibility. We’ve put together a list of five ways to prevent the flu (and keep on donating).
Get Your Flu Shot
One of the easiest ways to prevent the flu is vaccination. In fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) cites vaccination as the number one prevention step. If you aren’t sure of your nearest vaccination site, check out www.vaccinefinder.org. Just select “flu” and enter your zip code to see a list of flu vaccine clinics nearby.
Planning to get your flu shot but still want to donate blood? No problem! Flu shots actually have no effect on donor eligibility, so feel free to make an appointment at any time as long as you aren’t experiencing flu-like symptoms.