Some general blood donor qualifications include but are not limited to the following:
FDA GuidelinesClick here to learn more about FDA guidelines for blood donation.
AgeYou must be at least 16 years old to be a blood donor.
WeightYou must weigh at least 110 pounds (50 kg) to donate blood. If you are 22 years old or younger please refer to the weight/height requirements chart on page two of the permissions form.
Photo IDBe sure to bring a picture ID that contains your legal name when you go to donate.
FrequencyDonating whole blood is safe every 56 days (eight weeks). Donating platelets is safe every five days, up to 24 times per year. Many deferrals from donating blood are temporary and are in place to protect both the donor and the recipients.
If you need a special aid or service in order to participate in a blood drive, please contact Jennifer Haycock at (801) 584-5272 ext. 2649 or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and we will try to accommodate your needs.
Please DO NOT donate blood if you:
- Have cold or flu symptoms or do not feel well the day of donation.
- Have taken oral antibiotics in the past seven days. (Antibiotics taken for acne are okay.)
- Have had hepatitis after the age of 11.
- Have received a blood transfusion within the past 12 months.
- Have had a tattoo, body piercing, acupuncture, an accidental needle stick or have come in contact with someone else's blood in the past 12 months.
- Have had malaria or have traveled to a malarial-risk area within the past 12 months.
- Are pregnant.
- Have been treated for syphilis or gonorrhea in the past 12 months.
- Have ever used a needle to inject nonprescription drugs (including steroids).
- Have or are at risk for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Other Things to Note:Due to new restrictions related to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (commonly known as human mad cow disease), if you have traveled to Europe since 1980, please call (801) 584-5272 to determine your eligibility.
Please bring a complete list of any medications you are taking.
You must be feeling well and healthy the day of donation.
Eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating.