URGENT/CRITICAL NEED for ALL DONATIONS & BLOOD TYPES especially Type O and Platelets. Click here to schedule your donation and help spread the word!

There is no deferral for COVID-19 vaccinations currently being administered in the U.S. and donors are not required to show status. Learn more about our Coronavirus Pandemic Response and COVID-19 Vaccinations. Face masks and appointments are required. Appointments can be made the day of donation by contacting us at 800-747-5401.  

We're excited to announce that our organization is now officially named ImpactLife! Read more about our evolution here: www.bloodcenter.org/impactlife 

basic donor eligibility, weigh at least 110 pounds, healthy on donation day, 16 yrs old with parental permission and bring a photo ID

Age: You must be 17 years old, or 16 years old with a parental consent form
(Download the parental consent form in Spanish).

Weight: at least 110 pounds.

Health: You must be in good health and feeling well on the day of donation. Prospective donors should eat a full meal within four hours of donating, avoiding fried, fatty foods and whole dairy products.

I.D. required to donate: Photo ID required. Contact the blood center for religious exceptions.

Allergy shots: Acceptable

Antibiotics: Complexion and prevention of urinary tract infection (women only) – acceptable, other – 48 hours after final dose, if the reason for taking the antibiotics has been eliminated. If antibiotics were received by injection, you must wait 2 weeks before donating.

Autologous (Self-donation): eligible three months after surgery.

Blood donation: Whole blood: 56 days (8 weeks) since last donation. Automated, double red cells: 112 days.

Blood transfusion: three months after receiving blood or blood products.

Cancer: One year after treatment completed with no recurrence. Leukemia and Lymphomas cannot be accepted. Carcinoma in situ of cervix is acceptable. Skin cancer is usually acceptable if basal or squamous cell. Melanoma –one year after completion of treatment and no recurrence.

Colds: Accept if no fever, sore throat, cough associated with a cold, headache, fatigue and not on antibiotics. Over the counter cold remedies are acceptable in the absence of the above symptoms.

Contact with HIV/AIDS: Eligible after 3 months in most circumstances.

COVID-19: You are ELIGIBLE to donate if exposure to COVID-19 occurred two weeks after receiving the last dose COVID-19 vaccine series (Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson). Click here for more information regarding COVID-19 and eligibility. See COVID-19 vaccinations.

Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease: As of July 2020 the FDA has released revised deferral criteria for Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease. Please review updated deferral here and call Donor Services Auditing at 800-747-5401 to see if your eligibility has changed.

Dental work: Eligible 7 days after dental procedure if no infection and not receiving antibiotics. Routine teeth cleaning is acceptable.

Diabetes: Acceptable if well on day of donation.

Ears or skin pierced: Acceptable if single use equipment was used. Otherwise: 3 month deferral. Acupuncture acceptable if performed using sterile or single-use needle.

Flu Vaccination: See vaccinations.

Tattoos: Acceptable if tattoo was applied in a licensed facility in a regulated state. Otherwise: 3 month deferral.

List of acceptable states

Epilepsy Medications: Acceptable if seizure-free for 3 months.

Hay Fever: Acceptable. Hay fever remedies are acceptable.

Heart Conditions: An angiogram is acceptable if results were normal. Angioplasty (balloon), stent, or heart attack are acceptable after 6 months if stable and no restrictions. Heart surgery is a 12 month deferral if stable and no restrictions.

Herpes Simplex 1: (Cold Sore) Acceptable, when outbreak is dry and crusted.

Herpes Simplex 2: (Venereal) Acceptable, when outbreak is dry and crusted.

Major surgery: Most surgeries are acceptable when healed, released from immediate doctor’s care, infection-free, no blood was transfused, and return to normal activities.

Minor surgery: Acceptable if no sign of infection. Stitches and cast are acceptable.

Medications: vitamins, hormones, birth control pills, thyroid medications, aspirin, fertility drugs, non-steroid anti-inflammatory and pain medications are all acceptable. 

  • Meds to treat HIV/AIDS (ART)—indefinite deferral
  • PREP to prevent HIV/AIDS infection—3-month deferral

Pregnancy: Acceptable 6 weeks after delivery or termination of pregnancy. Breast-feeding is acceptable.

Ulcers: Acceptable if symptom-free at the time of donation. Most medications are acceptable.

Vaccinations: 21 days after hepatitis B or combination Hepatitis B and A vaccines (Heptavax, Energix, Recombivax), 4 weeks after MMR and chickenpox (herpes zoster vaccine or Varivax).

Flu shots are acceptable.

COVID-19 Vaccination: Donors who have received the COVID-19 vaccination are eligible to donate ALL blood products with no deferral period. 

If you have had the following, you cannot donate blood.

  • Blood disease, such as leukemia
  • Positive test for Hepatitis B or C
  • HIV: positive test or recent risk of infection
  • Lymphoma
  • Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease: If you have lived in or traveled to the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar, or the Falkland Islands) for a cumulative time of 3 months or more between 1980 and 1996. Or between 1980 and 2001, if you have spent time that adds up to 5 years or more in France or Ireland. Or, from 1980 to the present, you have received a blood transfusion in France, Ireland, or the other UK countries listed above.
  • In the past 3 years you have taken Acitretin (Soriatane or Neotig).
  • In the past 6 months you have taken Dutasteride (Avodart or Jalyn).
  • In the past 1 month you have taken Finasteride (Proscar or Propecia) Isotretinoin (Accutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret, Absorica, Myorisan, Zenatane) or Misoprostol (Arthrotec).
  • Ever taken Etretinate (Tegison).

Donor Eligibility Handout  Donor Eligibility Handout (Spanish)

If you are not sure of your eligibility to donate blood, please fill out our deferral/eligibility inquiry form and our Donor/Patient Services team will follow-up with you.


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