By Kristin Stankus, digital community and social media specialist
The weather is getting warmer and summer is within reach. Although spring is upon us, many are still suffering from the flu. Flu season generally runs from November to March, but according to the CDC the season started later than usual this year than in the previous three seasons and flu activity has remained elevated longer than usual.
Stanford Blood Center (SBC) is always in need of blood products to supply local hospitals. However, one of SBC’s eligibility requirements for donating blood is that potential donors are free of cold and flu symptoms — those with allergies can still donate. But with many not sure if they are suffering from the flu, a cold, or allergies, it can be a difficult time of year for SBC as appointments are cancelled because of possible illness.