General Donation Information:

To determine if you are eligible to donate blood we will:

  1. Ask questions about health, travel and medications
  2. Ask to see a valid form of photo ID to confirm your identity and age.
  3. Ask if you weigh at least 110 pounds.
  4. Ask questions to see if you might be at risk for hepatitis, HIV, or AIDS.
  5. Take your blood pressure, temperature and pulse.
  6. Take a small blood sample to make sure you are not anemic.

In addition to a valid photo ID, we recommend bringing a list of current medications with you when you come to donate. Upon signing in, you will be given a donor history card to complete prior to being taken back to the screening area.

For more information, please read our Donor Educational Materials pamphlet, or call us toll free at 1-877-842-0631.

Common Deferrals:

If you have gotten a tattoo or body piercing within a past 12 months, you will not be eligible to donate. There is a 12 month deferral period for tattoos/piercings.

One of the more common reasons for deferral is a low iron count. The iron deferral time frame is 2 weeks.  For more information on low iron deferrals and how to avoid them, please see our Low Iron Information Sheet.

There is no deferral period after receiving the flu vaccine. Donors are permitted to donate so long as the blood donor feels well and does not have a fever.

Certain medications and travel destinations can also cause a donor to be deferred. For more information or to ask about a specific medication or travel destination, please call the blood bank toll free at 1-877-842-0631 prior to donating.

Regarding Zika Virus (ZIKV)and Blood Donation: We are asking you to refrain from donating if you meet any of the following criteria:

  1. You should refrain from donating for 4 weeks (28 days) if you have traveled to or resided in an area with active ZIKV transmission.  For areas with Active Zika Virus Transmission, consult the CDC webpage:
  2. You should refrain from donating for 4 weeks after resolution of symptoms if you have a history of ZIKV infection in the last 4 weeks.
  3. You exhibit signs or symptoms of ZIKV infection within 2 weeks of departure from an area with active transmission of ZIKV.  You should refrain from donating for 4 weeks after the resolution of symptoms.
    • Signs and Symptoms of ZIKV infection are fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), muscle pain and headache.
  4. You should refrain from donating for 4 weeks after the last sexual contact with an individual who has been diagnosed with ZIKV or who traveled to or resided in an area with active transmission of ZIKV in the 3 months prior to that instance of sexual contact.

We are doing this for the following reasons:

  1. Zika virus infection is spreading rapidly in the Western Hemisphere.
  2. Zika virus infection is mild in most people, but there is concern that Zika is causing serious brain injury to infants whose mothers have been infected during pregnancy and an increase in cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a temporary but serious disorder causing paralysis.
  3. Zika virus can be present in the blood of an infected person who has no symptoms of illness.
  4. There is concern that Zika virus can be transmitted by blood.

We appreciate your concern and cooperation during this time, for further information, speak with staff in the donor room or call (814)456-4206 OR toll free (877)-842-0631. Thank you.