Donor Eligibility

You May Be Eligible to Donate If You:

  • Are in general good health.
  • Are 16 years of age or older. Individuals under the age of 18 must provide a signed parental/guardian permission form.
  • Weigh at least 120 pounds.
  • Have not made a whole blood, double red cell, platelet or plasma donation prior to becoming eligible.
  • Have normal blood pressure, pulse, temperature and hemoglobin screenings.
  • Are not pregnant.
  • Do not have a cold.
  • Are not under a doctor’s care for any serious illness or injury.

Common Eligibility Questions:

Q: How long should you wait to donate blood after dental work?

A: You can donate one day after any of the following if your treatment has been completed and you are feeling well: cleaning, fillings, crown preparation, temporary/permanent crown placement, extraction and root canal.

Q: Can you donate blood if you are taking antibiotics?

A:  If you are not taking an antibiotic on the day of donation, you are fine to donate. If recently on antibiotic treatment for an infection, you do need to complete taking all medication as directed by your doctor prior to the day of donation. Antibiotics taken to prevent infections are generally acceptable. An example of this would be antibiotic treatment for acne.

Q: How long do you need to wait to donate blood after you get a tattoo?

A: There is no deferral period if you received a tattoo in a licensed facility in any of the following states: Iowa, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington or Wisconsin.

Q: I’ve had cancer. Can I donate?

A: In most cases, donors are eligible to begin giving blood again one year after a cancer-free test result. Certain cancers, including skin cancers, are permanently deferred. Please contact us with your specific cancer type for eligibility information.

Q: I have trouble getting my iron levels high enough to donate. How can I boost my hemoglobin?

A: Most donors can increase their iron levels through diet. Iron rich foods include: meats and eggs, seafood, spinach, broccoli, kale, sweet potatoes, peas, tofu, beans, molasses, maple syrup, figs, dates, prunes, rye bread, corm meal, wheat products, and enriched pasta. 

 
 
Do you have a question about your eligibility? We’ve got your answer. Call us at 800.287.4903 or e-mail nurse@lifeservebloodcenter.org.

 

View the Volunteer Blood Donor Eligibility Guide

Can I Donate Today?
You may be eligible to give blood today if you gave whole blood on or before:
Whole Blood Donation
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Double Red Cell Donation
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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