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If you're in good health and meet the general eligibility criteria, then you are likely able to give blood. Read the basic requirements for donating blood. Even if you’ve donated before, you may have specific questions about eligibility if you recently got a tattoo, traveled abroad or take certain medications. If you were told previously that you were disqualified from donating blood you might be able to now.
Vitalant implemented the changes to donor eligibility criteria recently announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for human immunodeficiency virus, malaria and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, also known as mad cow disease.
If you had been previously told by Vitalant you are deferred from giving blood for any of these reasons but believe you now may be eligible under the new FDA guidelines, we encourage you to review the information on this page and then fill out a form to initiate reinstatement. Our staff will review the provided information, assess eligibility and potentially remove a previous deferral.
If you have never been deferred by Vitalant (or one of our legacy blood centers) and meet all eligibility criteria, please schedule a donation to transform the lives of patients in need.
Most health conditions are acceptable and you may be eligible to donate if 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.
The following risk behaviors represent a 3-month deferral for the donor from the date of occurrence:
Tattoos/Permanent Make-up/Micro-blading: These are acceptable and the donor is not deferred if the tattoo, permanent make-up or micro-blading was performed in a state-regulated shop, using sterile needles and single-use ink.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), the latter known as mad cow disease, are infectious diseases that may be transmitted through a blood transfusion. There are no tests to detect these diseases in blood, which is why the FDA mandates special precautions to protect the blood supply.
In alignment with new FDA guidelines, Vitalant will keep in place permanent vCJD-related deferrals for the following individuals:
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 3 months before you donate. Please call 800-289-4923, with any questions about your recent travel.
If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please call us at 877-258-4825 (877-25-VITAL), option 1. To learn more, read our Information and Instructions for Your Blood Donation (Spanish).
Then, use any donate button to schedule an appointment.