Most health conditions are acceptable and you may be eligible to donate as long as you meet all other requirements. If you have any questions, please call us at 877-258-4825, option 1, or you may ask our donor care specialist at the time of your donation.
- Breastfeeding: Female donors who are breastfeeding are eligible to donate.
- Cancer: If you have a history of basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, or in situ breast or cervix cancer, you are eligible to donate once you've completed your treatment. Those with lymphoma or leukemia are indefinitely deferred from donating blood (however, eligibility criteria for adult survivors of childhood leukemia who were diagnosed when they were 18 years old or younger may vary). All other types of cancer will be assessed at the time of donation, but 12 months must have passed since the last treatment and you must be considered cancer free at the time of donation.
- Colds/Flu: You are not eligible if you are not feeling well and healthy the day of donation. You may donate after you recover and are symptom free.
- Diabetes: If you have diabetes (type I or II), you are eligible to donate; however, diabetics who ever used bovine insulin manufactured in the United Kingdom are not eligible.
- Heart Disease: If you have a history of heart disease or heart attacks, you may be eligible to donate provided six months have elapsed from the incident and other specific criteria have been met. Please contact us for additional information.
- Hemochromatosis/Polycythemia: If you are diagnosed with hereditary hemochromatosis or polycythemia, please check with us first.
- High Blood Pressure: If you have high blood pressure, you are eligible to donate if your blood pressure is within an acceptable range when taken on the day of donation, regardless of medication.
- Pregnant: If you are pregnant or have been pregnant in the last 6 weeks, you are not eligible to donate.
- Transfusion/Transplants: If you have received a transplant or blood transfusion, you are asked to wait 12 months before donating; however, eligibility criteria for those who have received a stem cell or marrow transplant may vary.
Most medications are acceptable. If you have questions about your medication or health condition, call us at 877-258-4825, option 1.
For the purpose of evaluating travel to variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (vCJD, human form of mad cow disease) risk areas, please review this list. In addition, members of the U.S. military, civilian military employees or dependents of a member of the U.S. military who spent a total of 6 months or more on a military base in any of the following countries during the specific time frames below are indefinitely deferred from giving blood for patient transfusion because of the risk of vCJD transmission:
From 1980 through 1990:
From 1980 through 1996:
Note: If you live in Colorado, you may be eligible to give blood for research purposes even if you are not eligible to donate for patient transfusion because of travel or other restrictions.
Most travel is acceptable. There are certain countries and popular travel destinations that are malaria risk areas. If you've traveled to these areas, we'll ask you to wait 12 months before you donate. Please call 800-289-4923, with any questions about your recent travel.
Unlike plasma that is donated specifically for patient transfusion, source plasma is collected and used to develop lifesaving medicines and therapies for patients with neurological disorders, immune deficiencies, bleeding disorders and more. Currently, Vitalant only offers voluntary source plasma donation opportunities to people who live in the Sacramento area.
The eligibility requirements for source plasma donors are the same as whole blood donors plus the following:
- No restrictions on travel to malaria risk areas (whole blood and component-specific donors must wait 12 months from date of travel).
- Must wait 72 hours after receiving allergy/desensitization shots.
- Must wait 14 days after experiencing fever or flu-like symptoms.
- Not eligible if pregnant, but eligible 9 months after pregnancy.
The following health conditions may defer you from giving source plasma. If you have any questions, please call us at 916-453-3028.
- Insulin-dependent diabetes management.
- Cancer or malignant disease history.
- Growth hormone.
- Cardiovascular disease.
- Central nervous system disease.
- Abnormal bleeding tendency.
- Hematological disease.
- Seizure/convulsion history.
- Gastrointestinal disease.
- Immunological disease.
- Renal and respiratory system diseases.