In addition, severe weather conditions have caused blood drive cancellations, and also can lead to more accidents and an increased need for blood, the release said.
"Last week's massive winter storm had a significant impact on our blood supply with blood drives cancelled from SC to ME", said Chris Hrouda, president, Red Cross Blood Services.
Across the country, 150 blood drives were canceled and 5,500 donations were lost.
Extreme winter weather, seasonal illnesses and the busy holiday season contributed to more than 28,000 fewer #blood donations in Nov. & Dec.
Michigan Blood stated there is now an urgent need for all blood types and a special need for O-negative blood, the universal donor, which has dangerously low levels. However, Kulman says anyone who is sick should delay donating blood until they feel better. "Your donations truly save the lives of local patients".
Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.
Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand.
The need for blood is constant, so it is important that donations are given on an ongoing basis.
Individuals who are as young as 16 years of age (with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood, according to the release. Blood donors should bring photo ID.