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Red Cross Blood Donations needed

Red Cross calls for blood and platelet donations after severe winter weather impacts collections

As severe winter weather begins to subside, the American Red Cross is asking all eligible blood and platelet donors to help offset a weather-related shortfall in donations. Approximately 300 blood drives across 25 states were canceled across the U.S. due to snow and extreme cold. The blood drive cancellations resulted in a shortfall of nearly 8, 800 blood and platelet donations since Jan. 2. In the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region, severe winter weather forced the cancellation of nearly 30 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in about 875 fewer than expected blood donations over the past five days.

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County Health Department Emphasizes Need For Vaccination During Winter Flu Season

The Saint Louis County Department of Health is advising that all residents be vaccinated against the seasonal flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of the country is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like illness, and the St. Louis area is no exception.

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Red Cross Blood Drive at Christian Hospital NW HealthCare

Christian Hospital is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host two blood drives open to the general public. Stop by and give blood to help save lives. Walk-ins are welcome; appointments have priority.

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Christian Hospital Foundation Honors Rance Thomas, Express Scripts, Antonio Penilla

The Christian Hospital Foundation will host the fifth annual Legacy Leaders Dinner on Wednesday, November 6.

Each year at the Legacy Leaders Dinner, the Christian Hospital Foundation formally recognizes those who devote their professional and/or personal work to bettering the lives of residents in North County. This year, two individuals and one business will be honored.

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SSM DePaul Announces November Programs

SSM DePaul Health Center offers the following programs in November.

Public Flu Clinic. Saturday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m. – noon at May Center at SSM DePaul Health Center. Free immunizations for ages 9 and up (injection only). Call 1-866-SSM-DOCS for an appointment; walk-ins also welcome.

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The Independent News Plans Senior Moments Column

A new feature , Senior Moments, will debut in The Independent News beginning in November.  We are asking our readers, age 55 and over, to send us their stories of love, adventure, personal achievement, or unusual situations, accompanied with your photo and phone number. .

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