Some health conditions or medications might temporarily defer you from donating. If you have questions about your eligibility to donate, check the list of medications and health conditions below to see whether you can donate. If you do not find your answer there, just call the blood center at (541) 484-9111 and speak with a nurse or email your question.

Colds and flu symptom free for 1 week
Cancer—basal cell can donate
Cancer—lymphoma or leukemia cannot donate
Cancer—all other types can donate after 1 year cancer free or completion of treatment
Diabetes—insulin dependent cannot donate
Emphysema cannot donate
Heart attack, heart disease call for evaluation
Hepatitis, after age 11 cannot donate, need evaluation
High Blood Pressure can donate if controlled
Low iron 24 hours
Malaria 3 year wait
Oral surgery, tooth extraction 3 day wait
Surgery—with transfusion 12 month wait
Surgery—without transfusion call for evaluation
Antibiotics 7 day wait from last dose
Allergy medications can donate if experiencing no symptoms
Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Tylenol can donate
Birth control pills can donate
Blood pressure medications can donate
Hormone replacement therapy can donate
Supplements containing metal cannot donate
Thyroid medication can donate
Tranquilizers can donate
Vitamins can donate
Measles, Mumps, Rubella one-month wait
Flu can donate
Hepatitis series 4 week wait
Body piercing, tattoos can donate if procedure performed in an Oregon licensed facility; otherwise 12 month wait
Dieting Steady weight loss program OK as long as loss does not exceed 3 pounds in two weeks
Pregnancy cannot donate during pregnancy and for 6 weeks after end of pregnancy. Nursing mothers are advised not to donate
Residence on US military base in Europe call for criteria
Travel to malaria area 12 month wait; call for evaluation
Travel to or residence in the UK that adds up to 3 months or more between 1980-1996 cannot donate
Travel to or residence in Europe that adds up to 5 years or more since 1980 cannot donate
Male who has had sex with a male, even once since 1977
For further explanation of this deferral please visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website
cannot donate
Incarceration in detention facility (jail) 12 month wait after release