Donor Eligibility

In general, you can donate if you:

  • Are at least 17 years old, 16 with parental or guardian consent
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds
  • Are in good health and have not had cold or flu symptoms in at least five days

Platelet donors have additional eligibility criteria:

  • Have not taken aspirin or aspirin containing products in the last 48 hours
  • Women who have been pregnant must have tested negative for HLA antibodies since their last pregnancy

Frequently Asked Questions

I just got a tattoo or piercing?

If the tattoo or piercing was done by a state licensed facility that uses new single use needles, you can donate again once the site has healed and there is no sign of infection

I just gave birth?

Women must wait 6 weeks after giving birth before donating whole blood.  To donate platelets, a woman who has been pregnant must test negative for HLA antibodies before donating. Contact the blood center to be tested for HLA.

There is no donation deferral for women who are breastfeeding.

I just received a flu vaccine or TB test?

There is no deferral for receiving the flu vaccine or TB test.  For eligibility after receiving other vaccinations, please contact the blood center.

I just had surgery?

If you received blood products during surgery, you must wait a year from the date of the surgery before donating again.  If you did not receive blood products, you can donate once the incision is healed with no sign of infection and you have been cleared by your primary care provider to return to normal activities.

I just traveled to a foreign country?

It depends on the country. When you donate, please bring a list of places you have traveled outside of the United States during the past three years.

I take a medication?

It depends on the medication. Please review the Medication Deferral List for further information. When you donate, please bring a list of any medications you take.