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FAQ on Novel Coronavirus and Blood Donation

March 27, 2020 at 9:44 am
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March 16, 2020 — Update Regarding “Shelter-in-Place” Notice A “shelter in place” order was issued this afternoon for San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties. We understand that this is a time of great uncertainty...


Hemoglobin

June 12, 2017 at 7:17 am
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During the Medical History part of your donation process, the Historian will take a small blood sample from your finger to test your hemoglobin, which is the oxygen-carrying molecule in your red blood cells. In order to get an accurate...


MSM Deferral

June 11, 2017 at 7:38 am
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April 2, 2020 — Update Regarding New FDA Guidance This morning, the FDA issued an updated guidance regarding blood donation deferrals for a number of risk factors, including travel to malaria-risk regions, tattoos, and risk of transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob...


Tattoos

June 10, 2017 at 7:46 am
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You will no longer be deferred for tattoos obtained in a California State regulated entity. At present, you will still be deferred for 12 months if you obtained a tattoo outside of California or in California in a non-regulated entity....


Medications

June 9, 2017 at 5:16 am
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While many people assume that they are ineligible to donate blood if they take medications, this is simply not the case! While some medications would preclude you from donating, most medications — even those prescribed by a doctor — pose...


Travel

June 8, 2017 at 5:16 am
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April 2, 2020 — Update Regarding New FDA Guidance This morning, the FDA issued an updated guidance regarding blood donation deferrals for a number of risk factors, including travel to malaria-risk regions, tattoos, and risk of transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob...


Zika Virus

June 7, 2017 at 7:25 am
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Stanford Blood Center screens blood collections for Zika virus. However, if you have been diagnosed with having Zika virus infection within the last 120 days (~4 months), please call our Post Donation Callback line immediately at 650-725-9968 and someone will contact you to discuss your previous donations and your eligibility to donate.


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...