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Vikings Host Blood Drive at Mall of America

Created: 12/03/2013 7:40 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

The Minnesota Vikings are out for blood – real blood.

Players, cheerleaders, Viktor the Viking and Memorial Blood Centers will team up for a blood drive at Mall of America’s Nickelodeon Universe Tuesday. It will be held from 3-4 p.m. in the Great Room.

According to the American Red Cross, in order to donate blood, you must:
-    Be healthy, meaning that you feel well and can perform normal activities. Chronic conditions must be treated and under control.
-    Be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with parental consent
-    Weigh at least 110 pounds
-    Be free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken daily for skin condition

Here is the frequency with which you can donate:
-    Blood (whole blood): Every 56 days
-    Platelets: Every 7 days, up to 24 times per year
-    Plasma: Every 28 days, up to 13 times per year
-    Double Red Cells: Every 112 days, up to 3 times per year

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