Blood centers around the country in need of donations

Low supply is due to active flu season

ORLANDO, Fla. – Blood centers, including those in Central Florida, are in need of donations as the active flu season is causing their supplies to run low.

This flu season has been worse than previous ones, with health department officials saying there have been 6.4 million cases, more than 55,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 related deaths nationwide during the 2019-2020 flu season.

Susan Forbes, senior vice president of communications and public relations for OneBlood, sat down with News 6 at Nine to talk about the shortage.

If you need help recognizing the difference between the common cold and flu symptoms read this article.

For more about the need for blood donations, watch Forbes’ interview in the video player at the top of this story.