Donate Blood

Who Can Donate

To ensure the safety of blood donation for both donors and recipients, all volunteer blood donors must be evaluated to determine their eligibility to give blood.

To give blood you must:

  • Be in general good health.
  • Be at least 17 years old. (If you are 16 you can donate with a CBC consent form signed by your parent). There is no upper age limit as long as you have no health restrictions.
  • Be at least 5' 4" tall and weigh at least 110 pounds. If you are under 5' 4" you will need to weigh more than 110 pounds to safely donate.
  • Have a photo ID. (It's helpful to also have your CBC Donor ID card).

Before donating you should:

  • Get a good night's sleep.
  • Eat a nourishing meal.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.

If you have specific questions about blood donation or your eligibilitiy to donate blood, contact us at canidonate@givingblood.org or call 937-461-3220.

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How long before you can donate again:

Donation Type

Frequency

Whole blood donation 56 days (8 weeks)
Platelet donation 7 days (up to 24 times a year)
Plasma donation 28 days (4 weeks)
Double Red Blood Cells donation 112 days (16 weeks)

Why you may NOT be allowed to give blood:

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Your Health

  • Diagnosis of Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C.
  • IV drug use in the last 3 months.
  • Anyone with symptoms or laboratory evidence of AIDS or who are considered to have an increased risk for contracting AIDS.
  • Malaria (symptoms in last 3 years).

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Your Travel

  • Anyone who has spent more than three months in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, Gibraltar, or the Falkland Islands) from 1980 through 1996.
  • From 1980 through 2001, anyone who has spent five or more years in France or Ireland.

Why you may NOT be allowed to give blood RIGHT NOW:

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Your Health

  • Cold or flu symptoms, including a cough, sore throat and/or fever.
  • 24 hour deferral period after certain dental work, including root canal, oral surgery, extraction of wisdom teeth. (You must be asymptomatic in all instances and all packing must be removed).
  • Pregnancy, miscarriage or abortion. There is a six week deferral period  after delivery or termination
    of pregnancy.
  • Blood Transfusion - defer three months.
  • Dental - Packing and sutures must be removed.
  • Mononucleosis - Must be fully recovered and no incidence of jaundice.

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Your Travel

  • Travel to certain countries may prevent you from donating blood, temporarily.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strict policies in place to prevent the theoretical risk of spreading mad cow disease in the blood supply. Check with CBC if you have traveled to the United Kingdom and Europe.
  • Travel to Central America, South America, Africa and China can mean a three-month deferral due to
    high concentrations of certain diseases,
    including malaria.
  • Check with your blood center if you have questions about these common travel-related deferrals.

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Your Medications

  • Click to see medications that cause deferral
  • Most medications taken within 24 hours
    are acceptable. 
  • Antibiotics are not acceptable within 24 hours
    of a donation. (Unless being taken for prevention, e.g. acne or rosacea).
  • Consult with a nursing supervisor or mobile blood drive team leader about the deferral period if you have received immunizations or injections.
  • If symptom free, there is no deferral period for the flu vaccine, COVID-19 vaccine, or pneumonia vaccine.
  • The flu vaccine contains dead viruses and is not cause for deferral.
  • Contact CBC for vaccinations other than flu, COVID-19, or pneumonia.
  • Live vaccines may prevent you from donating blood. You may be deferred for up to one month if you have recently received measles, mumps or rubella vaccinations.
  • Shingles, (except for Shingrix), Hepatitis B vaccine is a one-month deferal.
  • There are multiple vaccines that are two-week deferrals.
  • Donors with well-established (not recently diagnosed) diabetes controlled by diet, oral medications and/or insulin therapy are eligible
    to donate.
  • Donors with controlled high blood pressure by diet, oral medications are eligible to donate. 

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 Your Body Art

  • Tattoos are acceptable if they are healed and if they were applied at a tattoo studio licensed in 39 states. Tattoos performed in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware or outside the US require a three-month deferral.
  • "Permanent makeup" or cosmetic tattooing is acceptable if performed by a licensed physician in any state.
  • Piercings are acceptable if they are healed and were performed with a single-use needle.

Other health or travel questions you may have

Ask a CBC professional about:

  • History of Yellow Jaundice not associated with Hepatitis. 
  • History of heart disease, heart attack, stroke or open heart surgery.
  • Kidney disease.
  • Diagnosis, treatment or positive test for a sexually transmitted disease. 
  • Hepatitis exposure. 
  • History of cancer.
  • Travel outside the U.S. or Canada in the last three months. 
  • For more specific eligibility information, nursing supervisors may be contacted at 937-461-3450 (1-800-388-4483) or via email at: canidonate@givingblood.org.

You CANNOT get AIDS from Donating Blood

Only sterile, disposable equipment is used throughout the donation process, which makes it virtually impossible to contract a disease from donating blood.