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Center Calling For Type”O” Blood Due To Shortage

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Cliff Sanchez (R), a phlebotomist with the Chicago Recovery Alliance (CRA), tests an intravenous drug user for HIV antibodies inside one of the organizations outreach vans May 10, 2006 in Cicero, Illinois. The forty-three-year-old man, who chose not to be identified, has been shooting heroin on and off since he was 16. The man who is in a monogamous relationship and injects with clean needles he gets from CRA tested negative. CRA began distributing new needles about 16 years ago in response to high numbers of IV drug users testing HIV positive. Last year they distributed over 3 million needles. May 2006 marks the 25th anniversary of the AIDS pandemic. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Cliff Sanchez (R), a phlebotomist with the Chicago Recovery Alliance (CRA), tests an intravenous drug user for HIV antibodies inside one of the organizations outreach vans May 10, 2006 in Cicero, Illinois. The forty-three-year-old man, who chose not to be identified, has been shooting heroin on and off since he was 16. The man who is in a monogamous relationship and injects with clean needles he gets from CRA tested negative. CRA began distributing new needles about 16 years ago in response to high numbers of IV drug users testing HIV positive. Last year they distributed over 3 million needles. May 2006 marks the 25th anniversary of the AIDS pandemic. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A local blood center is calling on people who have “O” negative blood coursing through their veins due to low supply of the blood type.

According to One Blood Donor Centers, the low levels are due to summer vacation, school and college summer breaks.

The group is also asking those who know someone with type “O” to encourage them to donate as soon as possible.

Type “O” is the universal blood type which means any patient can receive it, regardless of their type. The blood type is critical for trauma patients, premature babies, and emergency surgeries.

Those with the Type “O” blood wanting to donate should be 16-years old or older and weigh at least 110 pounds.

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