Blood Donation 101
If you are in good health, at least 16 years old and weigh at least 120 pounds (110 pounds for platelet donation), there is a good chance you are able to donate blood! All 16 year olds must have a CBCC parental consent form signed to donate.
Some of the following conditions may prevent you from donating blood temporarily, while others may permanently exclude you from donating blood. Below are some of the reasons you may not be able to donate today, but may be able to in the future.
- Iron level is not within an acceptable range on the day of donation (you can increase your iron level by stocking up on iron-rich foods)
- If you are under treatment for a variety of illnesses like cancer, heart disease or certain blood diseases
- Tattoos from a non-licensed / non-regulated facility in the last year
- Body piercings from a non-licensed facility in the last year
- Cold or flu
- Had a blood transfusion in the last year
- HIV / AIDS
- Travel to a malaria-risk area in the last year
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- If taking one of the medications on our deferral list, you may not be able to donate today, but may be able to donate in future. Please call to find out what the wait period is if you are taking a medication on this list.
*This is not an inclusive list. For more details about eligibility, check out our FAQs or contact CBCC at 1-888-59BLOOD.