What’s your blood type? Not everyone knows this off the top of their head, but it’s surprisingly useful—during medical emergencies, only certain blood types can help you.
If you ever need a blood transfusion for an injury or major surgery, the blood you receive must be compatible with your own blood type. Antigens in blood that are different from your own can trigger an immune response in your body, which can be fatal. That’s why it’s so important first responders, nurses and other hospital staff know your unique blood type right away.
Vitalant is offering all first-time donors an initial screening test. Preliminary results are available in minutes at every donation center.
The good news: You don’t need to know your blood type to donate blood! We test and type your blood after your first donation. Your blood type gets stored in your secure online donor account you can access any time, along with other important health info like your cholesterol and blood pressure. Or, use our Vitalant app to see your blood type a few days after you donate.