Blood supplies in New Jersey have reached critically low levels

New Jersey Blood Services, the group which provides blood to New Jersey hospitals, needs help.

The blood services group says New Jersey?s blood supply has reached a critically low level. They say winter storms canceled a lot of blood drives. Also, normal winter problems like the flu and colds have made people exempt from donating.

New Jersey Blood Services says the need for platlets is even higher. Platelets? shelf life is only five days, so the need is constant. Most of the people who receive platlets are cancer patients.

Only 60 percent of the population is eligible to donate, but only 2-3 percent do. Blood donors must be between 17 and 76 years of age and in good health to donate.

Related Link:NJ Blood Centers

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