Blood Bank donations low amid flu outbreak

SAN DIEGO -- The high number of flu cases this season is affecting the local blood supply, and the San Diego Blood Bank is in dire need of blood donations.

The blood bank says the recent flu outbreak has resulted in a lack of donors who are able to donate blood. During the first week of January, 400 donors had to cancel their appointments because they had the flu or weren't feeling well.

"We like to have about four to seven days of supply on every blood type on hand. We're down to one or two days on many of the blood types," said Michelle Corbett with San Diego Blood Bank.

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