As a blood donor, you are a vital part of a team of individuals working together to save patients’ lives in our area’s hospitals. Most people qualify as blood donors, even if they are taking medications.
Basic Requirements to Donate Blood
Donating blood is safe and convenient when you are:
- In good health
- 17 years or older (16 with a parent or guardian’s written consent)
- Weigh at least 110 pounds
- Antibiotics (except antibiotics for acne) if taken for infection, accept after last dose provided donor meets all other criteria.
- Symptom-free for at least 72 hours following cold or flu
Some medical conditions/medications, recent tattoos, piercings, or travel may impact eligibility. Learn more about common reasons people can’t donate.
Note: By law, individuals 17-years or older are not required to have parental consent to give blood (read section 709 for more information on the law).
Please review some of the temporary and permanent reasons people may not be eligible to donate.
Learn more about the different types of blood donations you can make based on your blood type, the date of your last donation, and patient needs at the time of your donation.
Find answers to many of the questions you may have about donating blood and the blood donation process.