If you are taking antibiotics for an infection, you cannot donate blood. But, if you are taking antibiotics for a preventative purpose, and no infection exists, you can donate blood.
A person must be at least 16 years old to donate blood, but when 16 years old, a donor must have written parental/legal guardian consent using Indiana Blood Center’s parental/guardian consent form. Once a person turns 17 the parental/guardian consent form is no longer required. http://www.indianablood.org/Donors/Learn/Documents/ParentalConsentForm32212.pdf
To help identify a potential blood donor who might be at high risk for the AIDS virus all blood centers in the United States follow guidelines established by the Food and Drug Administration.
Prior to donating blood, all donors complete a donor registration form. There are questions on this form that assist to identify a person who might be at high risk for the AIDS virus. Additionally, all blood donations are tested for the AIDS virus before they are ever made available to a patient.
The Food and Drug Administration has additional information available for you on their web page. You can access this at www.fda.gov
The current guidelines for travel to United Kingdom are:
Persons who have spent three months or more cumulatively in the United Kingdom from January 1, 1980 through December 31, 1996 cannot donate. The United Kingdom is defined as England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar, and the Falkland Islands.
Based on the dates you provided I’m sorry but you still cannot donate blood.
Persons who are former or current U.S. military personnel, civilian military personnel, or a dependent of U.S. military personnel who resided at U.S. military bases in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy or Greece for 6 months or more from 1980 through 1996 cannot donate.
Persons who have spent 5 years or more cumulatively in Europe from 1980 to the present cannot donate. Europe is defined as Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (UK is defined as England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar, and the Falkland Islands), and Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
www.indianablood.org/coordinator under "Helpful Tools"
Many countries have travel restrictions when donating blood. Malaria restrictions only apply for the first 12 months after departing the malaria country. Since your travel was in 2005 the malaria restrictions no longer apply.
As you may recall the very first question we ask on the donor registration form is are you feeling well today. If you have a head cold, even though you do not have a fever, you cannot donate until you are feeling well.
If you are not feeling well that is a sign that your system needs to keep all your nutrients in order to fight any infection or cold.
You can donate while taking Allegra-D. You can also donate with allergies unless the allergies are extremely active or much worse than normal.
You can donate taking Plaqenil and Salagen. You can also donate with an Auto Immune Condition provided you are symptom free, or if symptoms are mild/minor and do not interfere with routine, daily activities on the day you are donating.
You can donate while taking Nuvigil for Narcolepsy.
A person cannot donate blood while taking blood thinners. If your medications change in the future, please check with us at that time so we can reevaluate your eligibility.
If you only travelled to Quito Ecuador you can still donate. The restrictions for Ecuador are if a person travelled to areas with altitude below 5,000 feet you cannot donate and if travel was only to areas with altitude above 5,000 feet you can donate. Quito is above 5,000 feet so if you travelled outside of Quito it just depends if you travelled to an area of Ecuador that was below 5,000 feet.
If you did travel to an area in Ecuador with altitude below 5,000 feet, you will need to wait for 12 months from the day you departed Ecuador before donating blood.
Every donation is tested before it is made available to a patient. This testing takes 36 hours.
If because of the test results a person's donation cannot be used by a patient, the donor is notified. Likewise if the test results indicate that the donor needs to see a physician, the donor is notified. In either of these situations, the donor is notified by telephone, e-mail or letter depending on the urgency of the notification. Attempts to notify a donor begin immediately once the need to notify the donor has been established.
After receiving the Varicella Vaccine, you will need to wait one month before donating again.
Wounds, incisions, and/or stitches/sutures (external) should be clean and free from apparent infection (non-purulent/draining, no excessive redness, no heat). An Indiana Blood Center technician must be able to view and verify the condition of the wound. If it cannot be examined, e.g., wound/sutures are under a cast, the donor must be deferred until healing is complete.
There is not a deferral period for the Japanese Encephalitis vaccination. The Yellow Fever vaccination requires a person to wait for 2 weeks before donating. Regarding Typhus - If you received the injection Typhus vaccination there is not a deferral period. If you received the oral Typhus vaccination, which is administered over a 7 day period, you need to wait for 2 weeks after completing the vaccination before donating.
When taking an antibiotic for an infection you can donate the day after you take the last dose provided the infection is resolved.
The deferral period for travel to certain parts of Mexico is 12 months. Since your travel was during March 2010 you can donate now.
There are no restrictions for travel to either Australia or New Zealand.
There are two situations and two time periods that may apply to your husband. If either of these situations apply than your husband can not currently donate.
Persons who are former or current U.S. military personnel, civilian military personnel, or a dependent of U. S. military personnel who resided at U.S. military bases in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy or Greece for 6 months or more from 1980 through 1996 can not donate.
Persons who have spent 5 years or more cumulatively in Europe from 1980 to the present can not donate. Europe is defined as Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (UK is defined as England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar, and the Falkland Islands), and Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
You can donate while taking Fosamax. However, sometimes a person can donate while taking a medication but the reason they are taking the medication prevents them from donating.
No. You cannot donate blood during pregnancy, but you may donate six weeks after delivery, provided you are released from your physician's care.
If you are breastfeeding, we suggest you consult your physician before donating blood. When you are breastfeeding, you are providing nutrients to two individuals and need all your nutrients for both you and the baby. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding, we advise you check with your physician before donating blood.
Your hemoglobin level can fluctuate frequently, even on a daily basis. So, if you are deferred from donation due to a low hemoglobin level, please try again. Low hemoglobin is the most common reason for deferral. We encourage you to follow the dietary tips below and try again soon!
You can help maintain a healthy hemoglobin level by eating a diet rich in iron, and avoiding iron-reducing foods. Examples of iron-boosting foods include beans, spinach, beef, shrimp, tomatoes, broccoli, rice, peas, watermelon and potatoes. Examples of iron-reducing foods include chocolate, caffeinated beverages and high calcium-containing foods.
The normal range is 14-18 g/dL in men and 12-16 g/dL in women. A donor must have a hemoglobin value of at least a 12.5 g/dL to safely donate whole blood.
Hemoglobin is the iron-containing pigment of red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the tissues of the body.
We want to make sure your iron levels are adequate, and that taking some of your blood will not leave you with too little iron, leading to a condition called anemia