Can I donate?

Tripler Blood Donor Center

Most healthy adults are eligible to give blood. However, there are some reasons a person may be deferred from donating — temporarily, indefinitely, or permanently. Deferral criteria have been established for the protection of those donating and those receiving transfusions in accordance with the Food and Drug Administration guidelines, AABB standards, and Department of Defense policies. A temporary deferral should not discourage donors from coming back.

In general, to donate blood you should:

• Weigh at least 110 pounds.

• Be at least 17 years of age.

• Have been feeling well for at least three days.

• Be well hydrated.

• Have eaten something prior to donating.

Upcoming blood drives

• Sept. 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, building 2, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

• Sept. 29 and Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., NEX, Tripler Army Medical Center.

• Oct. 21, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 1845 Wasp Blvd., Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

(For more information, call 433-6699 or 433-6148 or email michelle.lele@amedd.army.mil.)

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