Blood Donor Requirements

General Requirements for Blood Donation

  • Age - 16 years or older. There is no upper age limit as long as one is in good health. 16 year olds will require parental consent.
  • Weight - at least 114 lbs
  • Health - general good health, feel well and healthy; have no active cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Identification - valid identification with picture (e.g. driver’s license, passport, state ID, school endorsed ID)
  • Blood Cancers (leukemia, myeloma, lymphoma, Hodgkin)
  • European Countries - spent time that adds up to 5 yrs. or more since 1980
  • U.S. Military/Dependents/Civilian Military Employee - spent a total time of 6 months or more from 1980-1996 associated with a military based in Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, or Greece and/or 1980-1990 in Belgium, the Netherlands, or Germany
  • Recreational Drugs - injected drugs not prescribed by a physician
  • Blood Transfusion - in the United Kingdom or France from 1980 to present
  • United Kingdom - spent time that adds up to 3 months or more from 1980-1996
  • CJD - had a blood relative diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)
  • Active Infections – if you have any symptoms of possible infections or open skin (unhealed)
  • Blood Transfusion – wait 12 months after transfusion
  • Ear/Body Piercing and Tattoos – No deferral if sterile equipment was used or if performed in Sate Regulated Entity (SRE), otherwise wait 12 months.
  • Heart Surgery  (Angioplasty, Bypass Surgery, Stent) – wait 6 months and you must be asymptomatic at time of donation.
  • General Surgery – fully healed surgical site and complete recovery
  • Cancer, Melanoma (excludes blood cancers) – wait 1 year from end of treatment (no wait for basal cell or squamous cell if healed)
  • Contact with person with Hepatitis B – wait 12 months; Hepatitis C Contact – wait 12 months if person is symptomatic
  • Contact with person with HIV/AIDS or someone with high risk behavior – wait 12 months
  • Contact with another person’s blood (open skin contact) – wait 12 months
  • Diabetes – no wait if medically controlled
  • Heart Disease (Angina, Heart Attack, MI) – wait 6 months and you must be asymptomatic at time of donation.
  • Malaria - 3 years after successful treatment
  • Pregnancy/Abortion/Miscarriage – wait 6 weeks after delivery, abortion, or miscarriage
  • Stroke (CVA) – wait 6 months from stroke
  • Flu/Pneumonia, Human Papilloma (HPV), Tetanus – no wait
  • Hepatitis A (inactivated vaccine, for prevention only) – no wait           
  • Hepatitis B (recombinant vaccine, for prevention only)  – wait 4 weeks
  • Hepatitis A Gamma Globulin (for exposure) – wait 12 months
  • Hepatitis B Immune Globulin (for exposure) – wait 12 months   
  • MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), Rubella (German Measles), Rubeola (Measles) – wait 4 weeks
  • Varicella Zoster (chicken pox prevention) or Zostavax (Shingles) – wait 4 weeks
  • Acne treatment or isotretinoin (e.g. Accutane, Amnesteem, Absorica, Claravis, Myorisan, Sotret, Zenatain, Isotretinoin) – wait 1 month
  • Antibiotics – no wait if for prevention or acne maintenance, all others, last dose taken and asymptomatic at time of donation
  • Anticoagulants or “blood thinners” (e.g. Coumadin, Warfarin, Heparin, Pradaxa) – wait 7 days
  • Antiplatelets for stroke or heart attack prevention (e.g. Feldene Effient Brilinta, Plavix, Ticlid, Zontivity) – wait 2-14 days if donating platelet (wait time varies by medication); no wait if donating whole blood.
  • Aspirin(ASA) – platelet donors must wait 48 hours from last ASA
  • Arava, Avodart, Jalyn, dutasteride – wait 6 months
  • Blood Pressure Medication – no wait if blood pressure is within acceptable requirements at time of donation
  • Depression or anxiety Medication – no wait
  • Propecia, Proscar, Finasteride – wait 1 month
  • Psoriasis medication (Soriatane, acitretin) – wait 3 yrs;
  • Tegison – do not donate.