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We would like to thank our community of dedicated platelet and blood donors for support of our NIH Clinical Center patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our platelet donation web page for locations and updated hours of operation.


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Current Blood Shortages

African American Whole Blood Donors Urgently Needed

Donor Information

Blood type needs change daily. If you are not sure of your next eligible donation date, please call the NIH Blood Bank at (301) 496-1048.

Walk-in donors are welcome Monday through Friday from 7:30am - 4:30pm.

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About Donating

Here is all the information you need to make a whole-blood or platelet donation:

Please contact us to ask questions about types of donations.

Am I Eligible to Donate?

You can donate blood or platelets if you:

  • Are healthy
  • Are at least 17 years of age
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds.

The tables below address specific situations affecting donation eligibility. See Can I Donate If...? for more details about medical conditions and/or medications that could affect your eligibility to donate.

Medical Condition Eligibility
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), individuals at high risk and their partners cannot donate
Colds and flu within 2 days cannot donate
Diabetes, on or off medication and under control can donate
Hepatitis or jaundice after age 11 cannot donate
Pregnancy cannot donate
Pregnancy, after delivery, miscarriage, abortion 6-week wait
Menstruation can donate
Cancer, treatment complete and disease-free; most types 2-year wait
Medical Procedures Eligibility
Surgery, without transfusion (except for autologous blood) can donate
Surgery, with transfusion 1-year wait
Vaccinations Eligibility
Measles (rubella); measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); chicken pox (varicella) 1-month wait     
Flu can donate
Hepatitis A or B can donate
Other Possible Restrictions Eligibility
Ear/Body piercing, sterile procedure/equipment used can donate
Ear/Body piercing, nonsterile procedure/equipment used 1-year wait
Tattooing 1-year wait
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