Most people can donate blood if they are healthy. But certain criteria need to fulfill to become a blood donor. Check them:
Your age should be between 18 years and 65 years. Below 18 years are legally minors who cannot give consent by themselves to donate blood.
You should have a minimum weight of 50 kg or 110 lbs to donate blood safely. Blood volume is determined by height and weight. Too low weight lowers the blood volume that may lead to trauma after blood donation.
You cannot donate blood if you have a cold, flu, infection, or sore throat.
Are you on antibiotic medication for infection? You should not donate blood. If you are on a preventive antibiotic for acne or any skin problem talk to a dermatologist before donating blood.
To donate blood, a woman must have a hemoglobin level of 12.5 g/dL, and a man must have a hemoglobin level of at least 13.0 g/dL.
If you have any signs of liver inflammation or hepatitis or unexplained jaundice, you are not eligible to donate blood.
If vaccinated by inactivated, non-replicating, or RNA-based covid-19 vaccine, you are eligible to donate blood. But if you are vaccinated by a live attenuated covid-19 vaccine, wait for 2 weeks before donating blood.
If your pulse rate is not more than 100 and no less than 50, will be considered eligible for donating blood.
If you have active tuberculosis or are being treated for active tuberculosis you should not donate blood.
You are not eligible to donate blood withing 6 months of delivery or if you conceived.