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Date: Monday, January 1, 2001 
Question/Topic: Blood Donor Reqirements 
Answer/Pointer: Blood Donor Requirements 1. Age: Donor must be 17 years of age. 2. Weight: at least 110 lbs. 3. Donations: must be 8 weeks apart. 4. Surgery: major 2-6 month wait; minor 1-6 month wait. 5. Blood transfusions: 12 month wait. 6. Hepatitis: (yellow jaundice) cannot donate. 7. Heart damage: from disease or heart attack - cannot donate. 8. Epilepsy: (or recurring seizures) cannot donate. 9. Diabetes: insulin controlled cannot donate. 10. Cancer: at least 5 year wait after treatment. Basal or squamous cell cancer - no wait. 11. Malaria: 3 year wait. Antimalarial medication - 1 year wait. 12. A. Tattoos or hepatitus contact: 12 month wait. B. Ears pierced, acupuncture, electrolysis: check with Blood Center. 13. Shots: flu, allergy, tetanus shots - 24 hour wait. Measles-Mumps-Rubella shot - 4 week wait. 14. Infections: flu, colds, sores, fever - 24 hours sympton free. 15. Medications: time limit varies, but generally: A. No wait: aspirin, ibuprofen, muscle relaxers, antihistamines, birth control, thyroid, hormones, cholesterol, most BP, or gout medications. B. One week wait: after last dose of antibiotics, except when taken for acne. C. Cannot donate: when taking anti-coagulants, anti-convulsives, heart medication, antibiotics for infection of Human Pituitary Growth Hormone. 16. Exposure to communicable disease: (mumps, measles, chicken pox, mono: 3 week wait. 17. Pregnancy, abortion, miscarriage, C-section: 6 weeks wait. 18: Eating: have something to eat 1 - 3 hours before donating, and have plenty of fluids before and after donation. 19. Dangerous or strenuous activity: refrain from any aerobic exercise, heavy lifting, or hazardous occupation for 24 hours. 20. HIV - AIDS Virus: Do not donate if there is any chance you have been exposed to this virus, even if you have no symptoms. Donating blood takes about 45 minutes. If you have any questions about donating blood, please call 877-7181. 
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