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Am I Eligible to Donate Blood?

Basic Eligibility Requirements

Most healthy adults can give blood. You meet the basic eligibility requirements if you:

More Detailed Eligibility Information

Certain medications, health problems or conditions may disqualify you from donating blood. For example, if you are pregnant, or have a fever when you come in to donate, or have angina, you cannot donate blood.

Prior to donating, qualified staff will ask you to answer a series of questions about travel and health. Your responses help determine if there is any reason that might disqualify you from donating, such as travel to some countries or certain medical conditions. They will also take your temperature and pulse, and take a drop of blood from your finger to determine the hematocrit level in your blood.

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If you have questions about your eligibility to donate blood please contact us.



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