Can I Donate Blood?

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).