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For all of the wonders that modern medicine has achieved, no one has found a substitute for human blood! Almost everyone over the age of 17 can donate. There are few restrictions. Nationwide, only 5% of the population actually donates, here in Georgia only about 3% of the population within the state donates. If everyone who was eligible to donate did so just 2 to 4 times a year, we would be able to maintain the supply needed and would avoid blood shortages.

General Eligibility Requirements | Medical Conditions | Medication and Vaccine List | Travel

General Eligibility Requirements

Below are the general eligibility requirements for donation:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 69. Whole Blood donors who are in good health and meet all donor requirements are welcome to donate over the age of 69. Platelet donors over the age of 69 will need physician consent to be considered for Platelet donations.
  • Weigh a minimum of 110 pounds
  • Be in good general health
  • No cold/flu symptoms or any infections 3 days prior to donating
  • No antibiotics 24 hours before donating
  • Platelet donors may not take Aspirin for 48 hours and Feldene 48 hours prior to the donation
  • Do not participate in those activities considered to be at high risk for infectious disease exposure. Please reference the FDA’s website for those activities classified as high risk.

Medical Conditions

Medical Condition Specific Condition Acceptable for Donation?
Acid Reflux   Yes
Allergies   Yes, as long as you do not have any active sinus or respiratory infections.
Bleeding Disorders   Please contact ABS
Breastfeeding   Yes, if you are not or have not been pregnant in the past 6 weeks.
Cancer Localized Skin Cancer (Basal Cell or Squamous Cell Carcinoma) Yes, acceptable after thirty days if completely excised and healed.
  Melanoma, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease No, unfortunately you will not be able to donate.
  All other Cancers Must be in remission for 5 years.
Colds   Must be symptom free for at least 3 days prior to donating.
Diabetes Type 1 No, unfortunately you will not be able to donate.
Diabetes Type 2 Yes, as long as it is controlled and blood sugar levels are acceptable at time of donation.
Dental Work/Surgery Minor Cleanings or Fillings Yes.
  Root Canal, Oral Surgery, or Tooth Extractions Must wait 3 days before donating.
Flu   Must be symptom free for at least 3 days prior to donating.
Heart Conditions Angioplasty / Stents Please contact ABS.
  Arrhythmias Please contact ABS.
  Heart Surgery, including By Pass Surgery No, unfortunately you will not be able to donate.
  Other Heart Conditions Please contact ABS.
High Blood Pressure   Yes, if controlled.
High Cholesterol   Yes, if controlled.
Jaundice   Please see Viral Hepatitis.
Liver Issues   Please contact ABS.
Lung Issues   Please contact ABS.
Pregnancy   No, you may not be pregnant or have been pregnant in the past 6 weeks.
Seizures   Yes, if well controlled and seizure free for at least one month.
Stroke   No, unfortunately you will not be able to donate.
Surgical Procedures   Yes, as long as you have been released from your physician’s care, you feel well and full activity has been resumed.
Tattoo   No, you may not donate for 12 months after the tattoo was applied.
Viral Hepatitis   If diagnosed after the age of 11 years, you are not eligible to donate.

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Medication and Vaccine List

If you are on a medication that is associated with a deferral period do not go off any medication prescribed to you by your physician without first talking with your doctor.

Medications or Vaccines Specific Condition
Accutane© (Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret, isotretinoin) Following the last dose, you must be off the medication for 1 month prior to donating.
Advil Acceptable for Whole Blood and Platelet donations.
Allergy Medication Acceptable, except when containing Aspirin or Ibuprofen (please see eligibility requirements for these medications). Allergy shots are acceptable 6 hours following administration provided you feel well and healthy.
Aleve Acceptable for Whole Blood and Platelet donations.
Antidepressants Acceptable.
Aspirin Acceptable for Whole Blood donations. Do not take 48 hours prior to Platelet donations.
Asthma Medications Acceptable, if controlled.
Avodart© (Dutasteride) Following the last dose, you must be off the medication for 6 months prior to donating.
Blood Pressure Medications Acceptable, if controlled.
Cold Medications Acceptable, except when containing Aspirin or Ibuprofen (please see eligibility requirements for these medications). Donor must be symptom free for at least 3 days prior to their appointment.
Contraceptives Acceptable.
Diabetic Medication Acceptable, if controlled.
Diuretic Acceptable.
Female Hormone Replacement Medications Acceptable.
Flu Shot Acceptable, if symptom free.
Growth Hormone from Human Pituitary Glands If given prior to 1985, you will not be able to donate. If given after 1985 please contact ABS.
Hepatitis B Immune Globulin This is different from the Hepatitis B vaccine which is a series of 3 injectionsDonors who have received HBIG must wait 12 months to donate blood.
Ibuprofen Acceptable now for both Whole Blood and Platelet donations.
Insulin from Cows (Bovine or Beef Insulin) Unfortunately, you will not be able to donate.
Motrin Acceptable for Whole Blood and Platelet donations.
Propecia© (finasteride) Following the last dose, you must be off the medication for 1 month prior to donating.
Proscar© (finasteride) Following the last dose, you must be off the medication for 1 month prior to donating.
Sleep Medications Acceptable, except when containing Aspirin or Ibuprofen (please see eligibility requirements for these medications).
Soriatane© (acitretin) Following the last dose, you must be off the medication for 3 years prior to donating.
Stomach Acid Reducers Acceptable, except when containing Aspirin or Ibuprofen (please see eligibility requirements for these medications).
Statins Acceptable, except when containing Aspirin or Ibuprofen (please see eligibility requirements for these medications).
Tegison© (etretinate) Unfortunately, you will not be able to donate.
Thyroid Replacement Medication Acceptable.
Tylenol Acceptable.
Vitamins Acceptable.

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Travel

When you call to make an appointment please mention any travel that you have done outside the US or Canada in the past 12 months, we will be checking to see if your travel will defer you from donating (in case you traveled to an area that is known to be malaria risk). When you come in for your donation, ABS will document any travel that has occurred outside the US or Canada in the past 3 years, it would be most helpful if you could bring in the dates and specific locations of these trips.

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