Flu Season

An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter – the disease’s highest death toll in at least four decades. With so many folks affected by the flu, our hospitals are often over-flowing with patients, and our blood centers struggle to keep up with the demand on the blood supply. When our donors are ill, it is challenging to keep our area hospitals stocked with the life-saving product. We encourage all healthy, eligible folks to donate blood throughout the winter months, so we can keep pace with the patients in need.

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine, which is why Cascade Regional Blood Services provides the vaccine to our staff. We need to remain healthy so we are well enough to donate blood, and to protect our donors so they too stay healthy.

Despite seasonal illnesses, the need for blood remains constant and we rely on healthy donors to roll up their sleeves and give as often as possible throughout the flu season. Please get your flu vaccine every autumn, so you stay healthy and are eligible to donate blood this winter and spring.

According to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, everyone six months and older needs a flu vaccine each year. Vaccines are available at your doctor’s office and local pharmacy, or find a provider near you on the Health Map Vaccine website at vaccinefinder.org.

If you have specific questions about the flu vaccine or donating blood, please call 1-877-24-BLOOD and speak to a donor specialist.

“Thousands of lives in Pierce and King Counties have been saved because of Cascade Regional Blood Services’ blood products. Without their partnership and the dedication of blood donors, our ability to help these patients would be very challenging. We are grateful that Cascade Regional Blood Services provides all the blood products for our patients in our Puget Sound area hospitals.”

– Multicare Health System

Donation Centers

Tacoma Donor Center

220 South I Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
253-383-2553

Monday: 9am to 5:30pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5:30pm
Wednesday: 9am to 5:30pm
Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Friday: 7am to 5:30pm
Saturday: 7:30am to 1pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Federal Way Donor Center

909 South 336th St, Ste B-102
Federal Way, WA 98003
Calling from King County: 253-945-7974
Calling from Pierce County: 253-927-0540

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 9am to 4pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Friday: 7am to 4pm
Saturday: 7:30am to 1pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Puyallup Donor Center

615 East Pioneer Ave, Ste 114
Puyallup, WA 98372
253-841-4236

Monday: 9am to 5pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5pm
Wednesday: 9am to 5pm
Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Friday: 7am to 5pm
Saturday: 7:30am to 1pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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