Donate for National Blood Donor Month

Give Blood December is regarded as a month of service and giving, but don’t let your charitable streak end there. January is National Blood Donor Month. While about 30 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent actually gives. Last year, the country experienced one of the worst blood shortages in years, prompting the Red Cross to advise hospitals in big cities across the country to cancel certain surgeries.

National Blood Donor Month

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Demand for blood is high thanks to new lifesaving medical technologies, but unfortunately, supply often dips during the winter months when bad weather and illness often keep people from donating.

Giving blood doesn’t take much time. In fact, you can now use the Red Cross’s online system known as RapidPass to complete your paperwork, saving you time at the blood bank. Your donation can pack a big punch; one donation can save up to three lives.

The AllergyEasy staff invites you to support the American Red Cross by donating blood or platelets this month and beyond. Here are a few things to remember as you make plans to donate blood or platelets.

  • You must weigh at least 110 pounds to donate.
  • You must be at least 17 years of age to donate. (Some states allow 16-year-olds to donate blood with parental consent.)
  • You may donate blood every 56 days and platelets every 7 days.
  • Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to donate or check out their app for convenient scheduling.

One in four people will need a blood transfusion in the course of their lifetime. You may be one of them. Make it a New Year’s resolution to give blood regularly. It’s a simple way to give the gift of life.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.