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Can I Donate Blood?

As a blood donor, you are a vital part of a team of individuals working together to save the lives of hospital patients in our area. 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 (Donors aged 16 must weigh at least 130 pounds)
  • Free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken for acne.
  • 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.

Parental/Guardian’s Permission Form