January is Blood Donation Awareness Month

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(WTNH) — January is Blood Donation Awareness Month. The Red Cross often sees a significant shortage of donations in the winter months. But and Dr. Imran Ali with UConn Health explains, there are reasons why you should not give blood.

Reasons not to donate blood:

  • Active Viral or Bacterial Infection
  • Fever Higher Than 99.5
  • On blood thinners
  • Aspirin OK though
  • Cancer unless you are cancer free for at least 1 year
  • Pregnant (Must be 6 months after giving birth)

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