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You may be wondering if you can donate blood. Donating blood is safe and easy to do. If you're in good health and meet the general eligibility criteria, then you are likely able to give blood. If you meet all eligibility criteria below, please schedule your appointment today to transform the lives of patients in need. If you've recently gotten a tattoo, traveled abroad or take medications and wonder if these affect your eligibility, please review how these might impact your eligibility.
COVID-19: Whatever your COVID-19 vaccination status, you may still give blood or platelets if you meet all general blood donation eligibility criteria. If you’ve had COVID-19 more than 10 days ago and your symptoms are resolving, you are eligible to donate. If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, you may give blood or platelets any time after your vaccination if you meet all general blood donation eligibility criteria. COVID-19 FAQs and answers can be found here.
Must be at least 16 years old
Weigh at least 110 pounds
Be in good general health
Bring your ID
Eat within two hours ahead of your donation
Drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids
Wait eight weeks between whole blood donations
Platelet donors should avoid aspirin and/or aspirin-containing products 48 hours prior to donation and other anti-platelet medications as listed here.
Power Red donors must meet certain height and weight requirements.
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.
Source plasma donors have specific eligibility requirements. Please call us at 877-258-4825 for more information.
Only healthy donors who are feeling well at the time of their donation should visit a donation center or blood drive. Early symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, chills, headaches, body aches, and within a few days, painful lymph node swelling and a characteristic pustular, blistering rash. The rash may appear first and may be localized, sometimes without flu-like symptoms. Anyone with these symptoms should not come to donate until all symptoms resolve and at least 21 days have passed since symptom onset. People concerned about close exposure to someone diagnosed with monkeypox should delay from donating blood for 21 days after that possible exposure.
Vitalant prescreens all donors for eligibility, including a mini-physical (with a temperature check and arm examination, which could reveal signs of infection) and a health questionnaire. There have been no cases of this virus being transmitted through blood transfusion during this or prior outbreaks. We will continue to monitor the situation and collaborate with industry partners and the FDA (which determines blood donor eligibility in the U.S.) on additional safety measures should they be warranted. More information about monkeypox is available on the CDC’s website.
Before donating blood, please refer to your state’s or public health agency’s guidelines for COVID-19 testing and quarantining. Do not come to donate if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are subject to quarantine after close contact with individuals diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 infection. If you’ve had COVID-19 more than 10 days ago and your symptoms are resolving, you are eligible to donate.
Please do NOT donate or enter a Vitalant facility if you are not feeling well. Blood donors are NOT tested for active coronavirus infection.
The information above is not all-inclusive and is subject to change. It's important you review this information before scheduling an appointment.
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