How Old Do You Have To Be To Donate Blood

Donating blood is good for the health of donors as well as those who need it. It is important that blood donation takes place in a hospital, a clinic or a blood bank, in the presence of medical experts. Donors should ensure that they are in good health to avoid any health issues post-transfusion to those who use it.

Donating blood can help in treating patients suffering from cancer, bleeding disorders, chronic anemia associated with cancer, sickle cell anemia, and other hereditary blood abnormalities. It is important to know that human blood cannot be manufactured, people are the only source of it and that is why it is important to donate blood and help those who need it. It is also possible to store your own blood for your future needs. Make sure the blood is stored at a good blood bank. SEE: How Much Does It Cost To Donate Blood In Nigeria

How Old Do You Have To Be To Donate Blood?

In most countries including Nigeria, you must be at least 17+ years old to donate platelets or plasma and at least 16 years old to donate whole blood. Younger donors may be eligible in certain states if they’ve a signed parental consent form.

What age should you stop giving blood?

In general, as long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before) you should be able to give blood. If you are over 70, you need to have given blood in the last two years to continue donating.

Can I give blood if I smoke?

Smoking cigarettes in and of itself doesn’t disqualify you from donating blood. If you smoke and you want to donate blood, plan to refrain from smoking on the day of your appointment both before your appointment and for three hours afterward. Smoking afterward may lead to dizziness.

Can you donate blood if you’ve done coke?

You cannot give blood for 12 months if you have snorted cocaine or any other drug. You cannot give blood for 14 days if you have taken ecstasy.

How Much Do You Have To Weigh To Donate Blood

You must weigh at least 110 (50KG)pounds to be eligible for blood donation for your own safety. Blood volume is in proportion to body weight. Donors who weigh less than 110 pounds may not tolerate the removal of the required volume of blood as well as those who weigh more than 110 pounds. See: How To Donate Blood In Nigeria

 

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