OBI calls for more blood donors amid flu outbreak - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

OBI calls for more blood donors amid flu outbreak

Source: KSWO Source: KSWO

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - The Oklahoma Blood Institute is asking for more donors as the area flu epidemic wreaks havoc on their blood supply.

The institute says that high school students make up about 20 percent of their donors
and with the flu outbreak closing schools, they've been unable to keep their blood supply as full as they'd like.

The OBI serves more than 160 medical facilities statewide, and Mary Spannagel with the institute urged people to donate if they can.


For us its important for people to realize if you're sick we want you to get well, but if you are healthy and you can come out and donate, hey we need to see you, she said. We need to help you all get in the center to replace those units of blood that we need."

Starting Feb. 1, OBI will be giving out a new t-shirt to anyone who donates.

They ask that anyone who's been diagnosed with the flu wait seven days from when they last showed symptoms before donating.

Copyright 2018 KSWO. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

    Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:14 AM EST2018-02-23 05:14:34 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 8:47 PM EST2018-02-24 01:47:31 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

  • After school shooting, Florida leaders propose new gun laws

    After school shooting, Florida leaders propose new gun laws

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-23 04:34:46 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 8:46 PM EST2018-02-24 01:46:05 GMT
    (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...(Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect,...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect, other issues.

  • Holy City of Wichitas needs volunteers for annual Easter pageant

    Holy City of Wichitas needs volunteers for annual Easter pageant

    Friday, February 23 2018 7:14 PM EST2018-02-24 00:14:11 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    The 93rd annual Prince of Peace Easter Pageant is coming up next month. But to make it all happen, the Holy City of the Wichitas is in need of dozens of volunteers to help with the play. 

    The 93rd annual Prince of Peace Easter Pageant is coming up next month. But to make it all happen, the Holy City of the Wichitas is in need of dozens of volunteers to help with the play. 

Powered by Frankly