Flu, holidays combine to leave supplies low

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 03:50 PM.

Katrina Willis, a representative of the American Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Region, said blood drives in Havelock are usually very successful, but donations in January have been down.

"We’re down by 50 percent in Carteret and Craven alone," Willis said. "Since the beginning of January, there has been a dip. I really feel like the flu has a lot to do with it.

"The holidays have something to do with it and people just getting back on their regular routines. That may be a big part, but the biggest part is the flu and the viruses that are going around our different communities. I’m sure everybody is being affected with it."

Willis covers Craven, Carteret, Pamlico, Jones and Onslow counties.

"Collections all in all have decreased this month, especially the first two weeks of January," she said.

Willis said the need for blood products at area hospitals is constant and vital.

"It’s very important," she said. "We do have a lot of sickness going on right now. That’s more of a reason to get out and donate the blood that our hospitals need. The number of people that need blood products may increase this month because of the sickness."

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