According to Canadian Blood Services, the rarest blood type in Canada is AB (Rh Negative), where only 0.05% of the population has it. Following that, is the group I belong to, B (Rh Negative) where approximately 1.4% of the Canadian population carries it. For as long as I was a donor, I haven’t really looked into the stats of blood types and what constitutes as matching types; until now. I find it interesting, however my only concern is what is the demand for the blood types that fall under the lower population percentile?
Shortly after I posted this blog, Tumblr tweeted it via my twitter account and I was surprised to have gotten a response from Canadian Blood services. Here is what they said:
@NLBlood: hi @nascomplex - B neg is always in demand. so few ppl are B neg so you can see why we like your blood! all types are needed tho.
@NLBlood: @nascomplex we also need the more common blood types like O + b/c more patients are those types
I will always find the connectivity of social media to be fascinating. Thank you again @NLBlood!