Flu epidemic leading to shortage of blood supply at U.S. hospitals

This year’s widespread, prolonged influenza outbreak is causing havoc on hospitals around the country, draining supplies of certain IV fluids as well as blood supplies. Local Red Cross chapters are reporting a combination of things affecting blood drives: Bad weather and a worse-than-normal flu season. An American media outlet reported: Triangle blood donation centers that [...]


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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.