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Eligibility to Donate

Typically anyone in good health who is at least 18 years of age and weighs at least 110 pounds may donate blood and/or platelets.

Blood donors are carefully screened for a variety of health conditions, medications, and travel to determine donor eligibility. Some of the more common reasons fordeferral (not being able to donate) are listed below.

Potential donors may also receive a deferral during the physical examination or upon examination of donor history.

Medical Conditions

Condition Eligibility
AIDS - High risk individuals and their partners Permanent deferral
Cold or flu 48 hour deferral after symptoms are gone
Hepatitis or jaundice after age 11 and over Permanent deferral
Pregnancy - after delivery, miscarriage, abortion 6 week deferral
Surgery (without transfusion) 6 week deferral


Medication Eligibility
Allergy medications, blood pressure medications, vitamins, diet pills, sleeping pills, ibuprofen, Tylenol® (most types of these medications acceptable) Eligible to donate
Antibiotics Contact the Blood Donor Center for eligibility criteria
Aspirin 48 hour deferral (platelets only)
All other medications Contact the Blood Donor Center for eligibility criteria


Procedure Eligibility
Ear piercing - performed by medical staff Eligible to donate
Ear piercing - unapproved location 1 year deferral
Tattoo 3 month deferral at licensed facility
Dental work - invasive 72 hour deferral
Teeth cleaning 24 hour deferral


Area Eligibility
Malaria risk areas 1 year deferral
United Kingdom - 3 months or more cumulative time spent in U.K. from 1980-1996 Indefinite deferral
Europe - 5 years or more cumulative time spent in Europe from 1980 to present Indefinite deferral
Military - from 1980 to the present Contact the Blood Donor Center for eligibility criteria


Vaccination Eligibility
Flu Eligible same day
Gardasil (HPV) Eligible same day
Hepatitis B vaccine (for prophylaxis only) 2 week deferral
Hepatitis B vaccine (for exposure) 1 year deferral
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) 4 weeks deferral
T-Dap Eligible same day
All other vaccinations Contact the Blood Donor Center for eligibility criteria