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What Should I Know Before Giving Blood?

  • You must be between the ages of 17 and 70.
  • You must be in a healthy condition – no existing infections
  • Diabetics are eligible if they are controlled by diet or oral medication. Diabetics who use insulin are not eligible to donate.
  • Persons with hypertension are eligible as long as their blood pressure is within a reasonable reading at the time of the donation. (This will be determined by the blood-collecting technician).
  • There must be no history of jaundice are age 11.
  • You must have a meal (a sandwich or a cooked meal) and plenty of fluids within an hour prior to donation.
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