Shepparton people are being called on to roll up their sleeves and donate blood this month as winter illnesses sideline regular donors.JENNA BISHOP May 13, 2014 5:12am
Generosity needed: Shepparton Blood Donor Centre donor service nurse Marg Jones is encouraging people to donate blood in May.
The call for more donors comes as a national spike in flu cases causes an increase in the number of donors cancelling or rescheduling appointments to donate blood.
The Shepparton office needs to fill 225 vacant appointments in May to meet demand for blood donation.
Depending on the number of donors each month, up to 188 litres of blood is collected at the Shepparton centre each month.
Thirty-five donors are needed to fill vacant appointments this week, 52 are needed the following week, while in the third week 68 appointments are vacant and 70 still need to be filled in the final week of the month.
Health Department data shows a 60 per cent increase in influenza cases so far this year compared to the same period last year.
The figures are in line with Blood Service national call centre data showing up to 1000 appointments a week are being cancelled or rescheduled because of donors having flu or flu-like symptoms — compared to just 100 a week in January.
Blood Service spokeswoman Erin Lagoudakis said the early flu cases could have a worrying impact on blood supplies approaching winter, when influenza cases were expected to increase.
‘‘Our biggest concern is that flu season hasn’t even peaked, and so it will be difficult to attract new donors if we leave it too late,’’ she said.
The redevelopment of Shepparton Library, which will feature accessible shelving, a teen-specific area, a Skype booth and internet-enabled work stations, will be completed in the next two months.
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
The Kiss Angels, 50 Shades of Hope team have come up with a creative way of fundraising for the Relay for Life, a purple potty.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
TRUCKtalk magazine all the rage with local truck drivers.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
An unknown sum of money was stolen from Benalla Golf Club this morning after thieves broke into its gaming room.
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