LifeServe Blood Center » Did You Know?
You May Be Eligible to Donate if You:
- Are in general good health.
- Are 16 years of age or older. Individuals under the age of 18 must provide a signed parental/guardian permission form.
- Weigh at least 120 pounds.
- Have not made a whole blood, double red cell, platelet or plasma donation prior to becoming eligible.
- Have normal blood pressure, pulse, temperature and hemoglobin screenings.
- Are not pregnant.
- Do not have a cold.
- Are not under a doctor’s care for any serious illness or injury.
View the Volunteer Blood Donor Eligibility Guide
Common Eligibility Questions
Q: How long should you wait to donate blood after dental work?
A: You can donate one day after any of the following if your treatment has been completed and you are feeling well: cleaning, fillings, crown preparation, temporary/permanent crown placement, extraction and root canal.
Q: Can you donate blood if you are taking antibiotics?
A: If you are not taking an antibiotic on the day of donation, you are fine to donate. If recently on antibiotic treatment for an infection, you do need to complete taking all medication as directed by your doctor prior to the day of donation. Antibiotics taken to prevent infections are generally acceptable. An example of this would be antibiotic treatment for acne.
Q: How long do you need to wait to donate blood after you get a tattoo?
A: There is no deferral period if you received a tattoo in a licensed facility in any of the following states: Iowa, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington or Wisconsin.