Donors must be at least 18 years of age and healthy. 17-year-olds may donate with written permission from a parent or guardian.
You must weigh at least 110 pounds and have a temperature, blood pressure and pulse within specified ranges. These will be checked during your registration process.
Individuals may donate every 56 days (8 weeks), or roughly 6 times per year.
Yes. We are required to verify the identity of our donors prior to allowing them to donate. A photo identification with your date of birth (i.e. driver's license) is required. Those without a license may bring a photo identification and other form of identification that lists the date of birth.
Yes. It is absolutely essential that you eat something within 2 hours before arriving for your blood donation.
Most medications (with a few exceptions) are not harmful to those who will be getting your blood.
Aspirin does not affect your ability to give blood. However, if you are taking it every day, it will prevent you from donating.
No, you can't, but the good news is that the deferral is only temporary. If you had a cold, but have been symptom-free for at least 3 days, you should be well enough to donate.
No. Donors who are on antibiotics must wait until they have been off of their medications for at least 3 days, even if they are feeling well.
Diarrhea can be a sign of bacteria in blood. Therefore, you are not allowed to donate if you have had diarrhea in the last 14 days before your appointment.
Ear piercings, provided they are done by a licensed facility, are acceptable. Other body piercings, however, including tongue piercing, are not acceptable, and make you ineligible for blood donation for 12 months from the time of the procedure.