June 9, 2017 at 5:16 am
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Certain medications that are perfectly safe for you to take could be harmful if transfused into another person. Please refer to the medication deferral list for a list of medications that may affect your eligibility as a blood donor. The deferral...


June 8, 2017 at 5:16 am
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Anyone who has ever lived in or visited another country may have different deferral periods – this will all be reviewed in the donor screening process. Below are a few examples of common travel deferrals. If you have questions about...

World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day Celebrates Blood Donation

June 7, 2017 at 1:24 pm
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Join Stanford Blood Center in celebrating World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) on Wednesday, June 14, 2017! If you are already a donor, please accept our sincere thanks and consider making your next appointment. If you haven’t donated blood yet, this is...

Zika Virus

June 7, 2017 at 7:25 am
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Stanford Blood Center now screens all blood collections for Zika virus under an Investigational New Drug (IND) protocol. Donors will no longer be deferred for travel to areas with Zika virus activity, or for sexual contact with a partner who...

Emerging Infectious Diseases

June 6, 2017 at 5:15 am
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Please do not donate if you have EVER had Ebola virus infection or disease. Please do not donate for 4 weeks after full recovery if you have been diagnosed with an infection of chikungunya or dengue. If you have been...

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How Nature Has Us Seeing Red

May 24, 2017 at 1:22 pm
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Red is a powerful color. It symbolizes danger and courage, as well as love and happiness. It also holds a special place in our hearts (and our logo) here at SBC. The color’s link to blood and its importance accounts...

Blood Type Game

Play the Blood Typing Game

May 17, 2017 at 1:23 pm
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Do you know your type? If you donate blood regularly, you most likely do (If not, blood donation is a great way to find out!). A common question donors have once they know their blood type is “who can receive...

Top Ten Tips for Blood Donation

May 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm
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You’re going to do it! You’ve decided to save lives through blood donation. But if you’ve never done it before, or it’s been a while, it’s helpful to have a checklist to refer to leading up to the big day....