Brutal flu season causing blood shortage in Missouri -

Brutal flu season causing blood shortage in Missouri

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(AP Photo/Toby Talbot) (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

ST. LOUIS ( -- Recent reports say Missouri is one of the worst states in the country when it comes to flu cases.

That prevalence of the disease is having a direct impact on the local blood supply.

Friday, CBC High School staged a blood drive hosted by the Mercy Blood Donor Services Program.

Mercy recently put out a call, desperately asking for help because many of their typical healthy donors aren't making it out this year.

"This is abnormally low for us this time of year. We work really hard to plan for the holidays and the cold weather, but this year's cold and flu season is something we weren't anticipating," said Cheryl Barkhurst with Mercy Blood Donor Services.

It's not the typical call for O-Negative and O-Positive blood; the program needs all blood types right now.

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