Who Can Donate?
The qualifications to be a blood donor are simple.
- Be in good health
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Weigh at least 110 pounds
- Have a photo ID with your birth date
- Is there a minimum or maximum age limit on donating blood?
- Donors must be at least 18 years of age, but 17-year-olds may donate with a signed BBH parent/legal guardian consent form. There is no maximum age limit.
If I have a cold or the flu, can I donate blood?
For your safety and the safety of the blood supply, Blood Bank of Hawaii requires that you’re in good health and symptom-free for at least 72 hours.
Can I donate if I’m taking medication?
Most medications are acceptable, including all common blood pressure medications. Aspirin and ibuprofen are okay, as long as the donor is not a plateletpheresis donor and is feeling fine at the time of his or her appointment. Birth control pills and cholesterol-regulating drugs are acceptable.
Those taking allergy medications can donate as long as the donor is not experiencing symptoms at the time of donation. If donors have received antibiotics, they will be able to donate 1 day after the last dose. Review more eligibility guidelines.
Can I donate if I just received a flu shot?
Those who recently received shots can donate as long as they are symptom-free and don’t experience a fever from the vaccination. However, those who have received the nasal flu vaccine (FluMist) must wait for one month prior to donating.
Can I donate if I’m a diabetic?
Yes. Those who take oral anti-diabetic medications can donate. Diabetes patients on insulin can donate blood if there has been no change in their insulin dosage for two weeks.
What can I do if I’m not eligible to donate?
You can support Hawaii’s community blood center and help save lives by encouraging friends and family to give. You can also coordinate blood drives at your office, school, church or community center, and volunteer at blood donor centers. Just because you can’t give blood, don’t mean you can’t help save lives.