Anyone who is at least 16 years old (with parental consent), weighs at least 110 pounds and who is in good health may give blood every 56 days.
Certain medications and/or medical conditions may prevent someone from donating blood temporarily or in some cases, permanently.
We have provided below a chart that outlines some of the more common conditions and medications and whether they impact the ability to give blood. For travel-related information on blood donation, please refer to our Travel Guidelines for Blood Donors.
If you have any questions about your eligibility as a donor, feel free to contact us directly at 800-280-5337.
|Donor Eligibility Information|
|Allergy, diuretics, diet medications||can donate|
|Antibiotics, injectable||14-day deferral|
|Antibiotics, oral for acne (non-penicillin derived)||can donate|
|Antibiotics, oral for infection||can donate after medication complete and free from illness|
|Blood Pressure Medication||can donate|
|Colds and flu||cannot donate|
|Diabetes, controlled||can donate|
|Flu Vaccine||can donate|
|Hepatitis B Vaccination||4-week deferral|
|Jaundice, before age 11||can donate|
|Malaria||3-year deferral, after successful treatment|
|Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination||4-week deferral|
|Piercing, using single-use equipment in licensed facility||can donate|
|Pregnancy||six week deferral after delivery, miscarriage, or abortion|
|Surgery, without transfusion||can donate after release from physician’s care|
|Surgery, with transfusion||1-year deferral|
|Tattoo, in licensed facility in MO, KS, AR
(check with CBCO for info on other states)
|Tranquilizers, over-the-counter pain relievers||can donate|
|Travel for more than 24 hours to area endemic for malaria||1-year deferral after return|
|Travel to Europe for five years or more
from 1980 to present.
|Refer to our Travel Guidelines document for more information|