"This year the flu epidemic is particularly severe. Of course, the blood donor service is also feeling the effects – many people who otherwise donate regularly are prevented from doing so due to the infection," explains schneider, says dominik schneider, deputy head of the BRK-bereitschaft sonnefeld (german red cross). For this reason, the blood donation date at the domane sonnefeld last thursday was also advertised particularly intensively via facebook. "Together with the blood donor service of the bavarian red cross, we organize four events a year that take place in the sonnefeld domain, and around 20 helpers are involved each time, reports the schneider.
Almost anyone can donate
almost anyone who is at least 18 and no more than 68 years old can donate blood. "Of course there are some exclusion criteria. Those who have recently been abroad or regularly take certain medications, for example, are not accepted as donors", schneider explains and adds: "before the donation, a questionnaire must be filled out. This is followed by a consultation with a doctor from the blood donor service, usually there are even two or three doctors on site." before you can start, your blood pressure and iron level are checked. The donation itself takes about 15 minutes.