Southern AZ facing blood shortage due to flu season - Tucson News Now

Southern AZ facing blood shortage due to flu season

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arizona is facing a serious blood shortage thanks to the current cold and flu season. 

Throughout the entire state UBS is in short supply of blood and it is because people are sick. 

With all the people dealing with the cold and flu they are canceling or not showing up to their appointments to donate blood. 

UBS was unable to fill almost 80 blood orders yesterday around the state because of the shortage; and the bad news gets worse because the flu season in Arizona is due to get worse before it gets better. 

The other issue is that surgery centers have more surgeries scheduled for this time of year, now that the holidays are over, so they are in need of blood as well. 

For those who are interested in donating, and are able to donate now is a good time to do so.

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