ROCKFORD - Experts are calling
this year's flu season one of the worst in the last decade and the virus is
getting many sick right here in the Stateline.
The flu creates another casualty in the
Sneezing and coughing is the last thing you would want in a blood donation center, and that's why many of the donating chairs at RRVBC are empty.
"We're starting to see blood donors call us and say they can't come in to make their appointments because they're not feeling well and healthy," said Jennifer Bowman, public relations coordinator for RRVBC. Bowman adds that being in good health is a condition that the blood center requires donors to follow.
Signs of the flu
are present inside
"The flu shot doesn't cover all strains of the flu and we've been seeing other forms of flu strains in the emergency department than what the flu shot covered this year," said Boylan.
Boylan says with it being the flu-season, getting the flu is pretty common this time of year, but Boylan adds that there definitely is a surge.
"We've seen a lot of cases here in the emergency department and it feels like we're getting toward the peak of the season," said Boylan.
Blood collection has been hindered because of influenza, in addition to the fact this time of year generally has less donors visiting local blood banks. RRVBC says they have a severe shortage of platelets and they're surviving on only a days worth of O - type blood.
"Some blood centers have had hospitals that have actually had to cancel surgeries due to a lack of blood product," said Bowman.
"We're proud to say in 60 years of doing business, not one of our hospitals has ever had to cancel a surgery due to a lack of blood."