Sign up for PVUMC’s Blood Drive, February 28, 2016

If you are eligible to give blood, we encourage you to sign up to give at the PVUMC Blood Drive on the morning of Sunday,February 28, 2016. You can be a hero to someone by signing up online at United Blood Services today. Appointments are available every 15 minutes, and the sign up is specific to PVUMC. If you prefer to call or email to make an appointment, or have trouble with the on-line sign-up, please contact Dave Ryan at djrryan@gmail.com or 602-247-0684. Table registration will be available outside on the patio after 9:30 am worship the two Sundays before the blood drive.

 

This year, we will have the blood drive in Room H7, in the Hobbs building next to the south parking lot. This allows us to accomodate more donors, in a more comfortable setting.

Zika Virus Update from United Blood Services

For the second week in a row, United Blood Services and its affiliated blood centers have shipped blood components to Puerto Rico, where all blood drives have been cancelled due to Zika Virus risk. If you have not traveled to the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico), Mexico or Central or South America in the past 28-days and are eligible to donate…please schedule an appointment today to give blood in February.

 
Self-deferral for travelers to affected regions: Zika Virus can be transmitted to people through mosquito bites and through sexual contact with someone who is exposed. Donors are asked to self-defer for a 28-day period if they’ve traveled to the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico), Mexico or Central or South America. Also, a donor should self-defer for 28 days after the last sexual contact with a man who has been diagnosed with Zika Virus or who traveled to or resided in the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico), Mexico or Central and South America in the 3 months prior to that instance of sexual contact.

 
Blood centers in states along the border with Mexico will be particularly affected. Our center in El Paso has already experienced an average of 20-to-30% reduction in donations—and in some cases up to 60%. We’re already noticing an impact at our blood drives and at our centers where we’ve received fewer donations than expected this past week. If you are eligible, your help is needed and your donation is important. If you have made a blood donation appointment or scheduled a blood drive, we ask that you please keep it.

 
To make your appointment, sign up to give at the PVUMC Blood Drive, or call 1-877-UBS-HERO (827-4376).

Thank you for being a hero. Give blood. Save lives.

 

Visit www.BloodHero.com if you have a profile login already, or to read more about United Blood Services and blood donation.

 

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