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oct. 16 who can give

October 13, 2000

You can give blood if:



You are 17 or older.

You weigh at least 105 pounds.

You have allergies but are not experiencing symptoms.

You have had a blood transfusion. You must wait 12 months afterward to donate unless you received only your own blood.

You are not taking any medication and don't have an infection after having a tooth pulled. You can donate three days after oral surgery as long as you are not taking any medication and don't have an infection.

You have controlled diabetes. It is OK to donate blood if you are taking insulin, as long as the treatment has been established for at least two weeks.

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You are an epileptic who has been seizure-free for three months with or without medication.

You are taking medication to control blood pressure. Your blood pressure must be acceptable the day of donation.

You had a flu or pneumonia shot.

You are a nursing mother.

Six weeks have passed since you delivered a baby vaginally or by caesarean section, had an abortion or miscarriage, as long as you are released from a physician's care and have returned to normal activity.

A year has passed since you were tattooed.

A year has passed since you had acupuncture or body piercing.

A year has passed since you were stuck by a needle accidentally or had contact with someone else's blood.

- Source: American Red Cross

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