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Flu causing shortage of blood donors around Arizona

PHOENIX — United Blood Services said it’s experiencing a severe shortage
of blood donations in Arizona as many flu-stricken donors are canceling their

Agency officials said nearly 80 hospital orders for blood went unfilled by the
blood bank Tuesday.

The company strives for about 700 donors a day since it provides blood services
to 58 hospitals across Arizona.

Donors with O-negative blood are especially in need because their blood can be
safely given to all people. There also are shortages in A-negative, B-negative,
AB-negative and O-positive.

Meanwhile, demand is higher than normal because hospitals delay many elective
surgeries until after the holiday season.

Agency officials said they are turning to their sister agencies in other states for
needed blood, or they will shift supplies among the Arizona hospitals.


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