Who Can Donate

Anyone who is in good health, is at least 16 years old and weighs at least 110 pounds may donate whole blood every 56 days (persons 16 years of age may donate with the written consent of their parent or legal guardian).

Questions About Eligibility

Some health conditions or medications may temporarily or permanently prevent persons from donating blood.

Medical Conditions

AIDS-individuals at high risk and their partners cannot donate
Colds and flu cannot donate
if stable and on the same treatment for at least 3 months. Not acceptable with vascular or cardiac complications. can donate
Hepatitis and Jaundice
after Age 11
cannot donate
had malaria acceptable after 3 years
lived in malaria area more than 6 months 3 year wait
visited malaria area less than 6 months 1 year wait
after delivery, miscarriage, abortion six-week wait
Menstruation can donate

Medical Procedures

without transfusion can donate if released from doctor's care
with transfusion of blood or
blood components
1-year wait


oral 48hrs from last dose and symptom free
injectable seven-day wait
Allergy Medications, Diuretics, Diet Pills, Sleeping Pills, Tranquilizers, Aspirin, Tylenol generally, can donate
Blood Pressure Medications
(Most Types)
can donate
Soriatane 3 year wait after last dose
Tegison cannot donate
Proscar, Accutane 1 month wait after last dose


Measles, Mumps, Rubella one-month wait
Flu 24 hour wait
Hepatitis B 24 hour wait after each of the three injections

Other Possible Restrictions

Ear / Body Piercing
if pierced by airgun or pierced by needle in a clinical setting can donate
as of 4/4/11, piercings done by a needle are acceptable if the piercing is done in a clinical setting OR at state regulated tattoo/piercing facility can donate
needle piercings not performed in a clinical setting prior to 4/4/11 12-month wait
self-piercing 12-month wait
if tattooing was performed in a state regulated tattoo/piercing facility and the donor is 18 at the time of tattooing can donate
tattooing for a donor under 18 12-month wait
tattooing performed at a non-regulated facility 12-month wait

Donation Process

  • Prospective donors first complete a health history questionnaire and screening interview.
  • The next step involves a brief physical examination of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and a test for anemia.
  • If the prescribed medical requirements are met, a unit (about one pint) of blood is drawn from the donor. Afterwards, donors are served refreshments while remaining seated for 10 minutes.
  • The entire process usually takes about 45 minutes.

You Cannot get AIDS from Donating Blood

Only sterile, disposable equipment is used throughout the donation process, which makes it virtually impossible to contract a disease from donating blood.

Where to Donate Blood

Select the most convenient donation center for a map, driving directions and hours.

For a schedule of upcoming blood drives call 217-367-2202 or visit facebook.com/bloodservices

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