Rockport Navy Committee
Holiday Blood Drive
Blood Donation Eligibility from the Massachusetts General Hospital website

You can donate whole blood if you:
Are in good health and feel well
Are at least 16 years of age (click here for 16 year old parental consent form (PDF))
Weigh at least 110 pounds and at most 350 lbs
Have eaten recently
Have a photo ID
Haven't donated in 56 days

Health Conditions
Antibiotics: Donors are deferred for 24 hours after their final dose.
Cancer: Donors with a history of most types of cancer are eligible to donate 5 years from the date of their last treatment.
There is no deferral period for donors with a history of:
Basal cell carcinoma of the skin
Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin
Carcinoma-in-situ or Dysplasia of the cervix or breast, if treated
There is a permanent deferral for donors with a history of:
Multiple myeloma
Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia
Colds: Donors are not eligible if they are not feeling well and healthy the day of donation.
Diabetes: Donors with diabetes (type I or II) are eligible to donate.
Dental Work: Donors are eligible to donate following routine dental work.
Gonorrhea: Donor is deferred for 12 months after date of last treatment. 
Heart Attack: Further evaluation is needed.
High Blood Pressure: Donors with high blood pressure are eligible to donate if their blood pressure is controlled with medication.
Pregnant: Donors who are pregnant or less than six weeks postpartum are not eligible to donate.
Stitches: Donors are not eligible while stitches/sutures are still in.
Transfusion: Donor is deferred for 12 months after a transfusion of blood or blood components.
Transplant: Donor is deferred for 12 months after an organ transplant.

Individuals who have had a positive test for HIV/AIDS or who have been at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS are permanently deferred from blood donation.

Malarial-Endemic Areas: Donor is deferred for 12 months after travel to a malarial-endemic area.
United Kingdom: Donor is permanently deferred for travel/residence of 3 months or more in the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland Wales, The Isle of Man, or the Channel Islands) from 1980-1996.
Europe: Donor is permanently deferred for travel/residence of 5 years or more in Europe since 1980. There are some exceptions regarding military bases.
For questions regarding travel, please contact the Blood Donor Center.

Other Lifestyle Factors
Ear/Body Piercing: Donor is eligible if piercing was performed using sterile single-use equipment.
Tattoos: Donor is deferred for 12 months after getting a tattoo

For more in depth eligibility guidelines please click here (DOC)

All information from the MGH website.

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