Can I Give?

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 Eligible the day after your last dose and free from illness
Blood Pressure Medication can donate
Cancer contact CBCO
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
Menstruation can donate
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)
can donate
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.
cannot donate
Refer to our Travel Guidelines document for more information