Who Can Donate Blood?
In general you ARE ELIGIBLE to donate blood if:
- You are 16 years old or older. There is no upper age limit. Age 16 requires parental consent. There is no upper age limit if healthy.
- You weigh at least 110 pounds
- You are in good health. If taking medication, you may be able to donate depending on the reason for and the type of medication.
Persons taking most medications are able to donate blood.
Medications that do not prevent you from donating:
- High Blood Pressure Medications
- Insulin (by mouth or injection)
- Allergy Medications
- Asthma Medications
- Cholesterol Lowering Medications
- Seizure Medications
- Diet Pills
You ARE NOT ELIGIBLE to donate if:
- You had hepatitis after the age of 10
- You are pregnant
- You participate in high-risk behaviors
Medications that preclude you from donating:
- Antibiotic for current infection
- Anemia (low iron)
Iron levels in the blood can vary daily. These levels are checked at the time of donation. If you were previously deferred because of your iron level, please try again.
- Breast Feeding
You may donate if you are breastfeeding.
- Menstrual Period
You may donate if you are feeling well.
You may be eligible do donate blood for others if you have hereditary hemochromatosis. To do so you must present an appropriately completed prescription or requisition from your physician. You must meet all other criteria for volunteer whole blood donors, except the donation interval. For further information call the Blood Center at (863) 297-1840 or check out our Donation Process and the Blood Donor Bill of Rights.
Some tips for a successful first-time donation:
- Realize that it’s normal to be nervous. Many people experience a natural hesitancy towards donating. Once you have done it, the fear of the unknown is overcome and you’ll feel very good about yourself.
- Drink lots of water and try to eat a good meal before donating. The water helps to replace the small amount of fluid that you lose when you donate.
- Familiarize yourself with the donation process. Ask questions. Understanding the process helps you relax.
- Think about the fact that with one donation, you are helping 3 people to have another birthday, another hug, another chance at life.