Basic Requirements
Be in generally good health and feel well Be at least 17 years of age -- no upper age limit Donation Frequency
Whole blood donors may donate every 56 days Platelet donors may donate every 48 hours (up to 24 times per year) Double red cell apheresis donors may donate every 112 days Immunizations
Flu, Pneumonia, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B -- can donate if feeling healthy and well Polio (oral), MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)-- 4 week wait Please check with us regarding other immunizations.
Antibiotics -- cannot donate if taking for an infection; okay if Aspirin-containing products, Feldene and Lodine XL -- Platelet donors only: 48 hour wait after last dose Insulin from cows (bovine/beef) -- cannot donate if ever taken Plavix -- Platelet donors only: 5 day wait after last dose Soriatane (Acitretin) -- 3 year wait after last dose Ticlid -- Platelet donors only: 14 day wait after last dose All Other Medications:
You may be able to donate depending on the reason that you are taking the drug.
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Medical Requirements
Body/Ear Piercing/Acupuncture
can donate if done with a sterile, single use, needle Basal Cell, Squamous Cell Skin Cancers, and Keratosis -- can donate Melanoma, Malignant Tumors -- 1 year wait after last treatment and considered resolved Colds, Fever, Flu, Sore Throat, Cough
Cold Sore, Fever Blister
Dental work
routine work - wait until next day; root canal/tooth extraction - 3 day wait Diabetes
Heart Attack
Heart Surgery
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG);
Hepatitis or undiagnosed jaundice after age 10
Herpes (genital)
Major/Minor Surgery
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Travel Restrictions
Malaria Area
1 year wait if spent up to 5 years in a malaria area; 3 year wait if spent 5 consecutive years or more in a malaria area. See the Frequently Traveled Areas list on next page.
cannot donate if spent time that adds up to 3 months or more in the U.K. from 1980-1996 (England, N. Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Falkland cannot donate if spent time that adds up to 5 years or more in European countries since 1980 (including time in the Military
cannot donate if spent 6 months or more in military bases in northern Europe 1980-1990 SARS affected area
14 day wait after returning to the United States Individuals at risk for AIDS (HIV)
Do not donate blood if you have ever tested positive for HIV or if you: Have ever used needles to take drugs, steroids, or anything not prescribed by your doctor.
Are a male who has had sexual contact with another male, even once, since 1977.
Have ever taken money, drugs, or other payment for sex since 1977.
Have had sexual contact in the past 12 months with anyone described above.
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Frequently Traveled Areas
This list is not complete. Please ask us about other travel outside of the U.S. and Canada.
OK to Donate
Not OK to Donate
1 year wait after visit
Cities, towns and rural areas of the states Costa Rica
Costa Rica
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Source: https://www.sandiegobloodbank.org/pdf/group-difference/organizer_workbook/donor_requirements.pdf

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