Many donors are traveling or busy.

American Red Cross issues appeal for donors to address critical blood shortage The American Red Cross today issued an appeal for blood donors to roll-up a sleeve and address a crucial shortage across the nation.Many donors are traveling or busy, school is out of session and donations have dropped dramatically. In May and June, while demand for blood products remained stable, donations were at the lowest level the Red Cross has seen during this timeframe in over a dozen years . Because of that, the Red Cross needs blood donors more than ever now.

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American Lung Association urges families to get immunized against seasonal influenza The American Lung Association is intensifying its seasonal influenza public education initiative to urge families to get vaccinated as quickly as possible. The Faces of Influenza campaign aims to make sure Americans get immunized against seasonal influenza, which each full calendar year causes around 36,000 deaths and over 226,000 hospitalizations from the virus and its own related complications. The Faces of Influenza campaign, which includes expanded recognition initiatives nationally and in many major cities, supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s call for Americans to obtain vaccinated against seasonal influenza this and each year.