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LISTEN: Dr. Peltier Encourages Blood Donations & Vaccinations

LISTEN: Dr. Peltier Encourages Blood Donations & Vaccinations

In this Tangi 96.5 FM "North Oaks Health Notes" segment, the health system's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Peltier joins host Johnny Chauvin to discuss the dire need for blood donations and encourage vaccinations this fall season.

Blood levels at North Oaks Health System—and throughout the South—are at critical levels. Dr. Peltier asks the community to please visit The Blood Center to give blood.

The Blood Center has multiple locations throughout the area and serves as a collection and distribution point for all South Louisiana hospitals. Blood reserves have become so low we need the community to help replenish them. Supply of all blood types is desired.

North Oaks Health System is a Level II Shock/Trauma Center and receives critical patients from around our region. The number of blood units on hand has gotten so low that if we get a few traumas requiring multiple unit transfusions, we will not have the units needed to proceed with elective surgeries that typically require transfusions. Giving blood can literally save lives.

You can donate blood every 56 days (8 weeks). Unfortunately, only 10% of the U.S. public gives blood. So we are asking those who can to please donate. Schedule an appointment online at the Blood Center.

Peltier also encourages local businesses and organizations to get involved by setting up a blood drive to help keep blood supplies up and sustained for the future.

In addition, North Oaks reminds Tangipahoa residents to remember to get vaccinated for COVID-19 boosters and flu shots this fall season. Call or visit one of our Urgent Care Centers to schedule your appointment.