You've heard it before, you're going to hear it again. Mayo Clinic is asking for your blood. First time donor, haven't donated in a while...they need you!

Think of Donating Blood As Paying It Forward

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The Mayo Clinic says this time of year its tough to collect blood because of seasonal health issues and scheduling time. On the flip side, even though fewer people donate, more people need blood. Winter conditions, celebrations, you name it.

When you're donating blood, yeah, you don't know who gets your blood, but that's the ultimate paying it forward, isn't it? You're helping someone you may never meet, and the goodness is in the selfless donation.

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Blood Donation Basics

Blood donor at donation.
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  • HOW DO I GET THE COOL CAN KOOZIE? They're giving them out to people donating blood on Mondays (until their gone).
  • WHO CAN DONATE: Anyone from the community (16 or older) who wanted to donate blood for the challenge.
  • WHAT DO YOU DONATE: Your blood! Not all of it, just a little bit.
  • WHERE TO DONATE: Two donation sites:
    • Mayo Clinic, Hilton Building, Rochester, MN - First Floor
    • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus - Joseph Building, Main Floor, Room M-86
  • WHEN: Ongoing

To schedule your blood donation appointment, call the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center 507-284-4475 today. 

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IF they're in your fridge or freezer, don't eat them!

RECALL - Labels for the 234,391 Pounds of Ham and Pepperoni Recalled

Hams or pepperoni with the following labels could contain listeria bacteria. Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. 

An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. 

Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.