O and A blood types desperately needed now

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is desperately calling for donors, as an early start to the flu season slump.

5,900 additional donors are needed around the country over the next fortnight to accommodate for thousands of cancellations during the flu season.

They’re putting out the call for O and A type donors in particular, which are the most in demand blood types.


A spokesperson for the Blood Service, Helen Walsh, says the winter cancellations are predicted to be worse than ever.

“We haven’t seen cancellations this high since March 2017, and as the number of people suffering cold and flu symptoms increases, it limits the number of regular donors who are able to give.

“In particular, we need people with O and A blood types to donate.

“Nearly 90 per cent of the Australian population has an O or A blood type meaning these blood types are most in demand,” Ms Walsh said.

People are still able to donate if they have had a flu vaccination and donors affected by cold and flu symptoms are able to give blood seven days after making a full recovery.

One in three Australians will need donated blood in their lifetime so the life you save could be that of a loved one.

To give blood, please call 13 14 95 or book online at www.donateblood.com.au