Immunizations - Symptom-free donors, no waiting, except:
Smallpox – okay to donate after scab has fallen off or at least two weeks after immune reaction
Measles (Rubella), Oral polio - two week deferral
German measles - four week deferral.
Asthma and Allergies - Known allergy, asthma, or hyposensitization shot for allergy - acceptable if donor is symptom-free the day of donation.
Pregnancy - Six weeks should elapse after a full-term delivery, miscarriage, or abortion. Six-month wait after a C-Section. Current pregnancy precludes persons from donating.
Minor surgery such as tonsils, appendix, and wisdom teeth are okay once healing is complete and donor feels well.
Major surgery such as back, joint replacement, hysterectomy is cause for a six month hold after surgery.
Jaundice/Hepatitis - Anyone having had viral hepatitis after ten years of age may never give blood. Donors exposed to infections jaundice or hepatitis will be deferred for one year after last contact.
Blood Exposure/Transfusion - Donors having received a transfusion of blood products or any unprotected exposure to blood, body fluids or contaminated needlestick will be deferred for one year.
Heart Problems - A history of heart problems is not necessarily a cause for permanent deferral. Prospective donors who have a functional heart murmur or such (ex. irregular pulse) can usually donate with their physician’s written consent.
Ear Piercing, Body Piercing, Electrolysis, Tattoo, Acupuncture - Cause for a one-year hold unless performed at a licensed facility using sterile, single-use supplies.
Malaria, Babesiosis or Chaga’s Disease - Donors traveling to areas considered to be endemic for malaria may donate one year after returning. Donors who are immigrants, refugees or citizens coming from endemic countries are deferred three years after departure from endemic area. Donors who have ever had malaria shall be deferred for three years after becoming symptom-free. Any donors who have had Babesiosis or Chaga’s disease will be permanently deferred.
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) - Sexually transmitted diseases are cause for deferral until donor is symptom-free and treatment is completed. Exception:
AIDS High Risk Behavior - Persons who are HIV Positive, as well as persons having participated in high-risk activities for AIDS, or have experienced AIDS-related symptoms are permanently deferred.
vCJD Exposure - Persons having spent time that adds up to three months or more in the United Kingdom between 1980 and 1996 are permanently deferred from donating due to the risk of developing vCJD from eating beef in the UK. Also donors who spent six months or more associated with a military base in Belgium, the Netherlands, or Germany between 1980 and 1990 or Spain, Portugal, Turkey, or Greece between 1980 and 1996, or donors who have spent time adding up to five years or more in Europe from 1980 to the present are permanently deferred.
Travel - Questions regarding travel outside of the United States and Canada should be referred to the Dak-Minn Blood Bank at (701)780-5433.
These are a few general guidelines for donor eligibility.
If you have questions regarding your eligibility,
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