Many times, donors come into our donor room ready to donate blood and are deferred or turned away.
What does this mean? Why me?
There are many reasons why someone might be temporarily or permanently deferred and it is nothing to be ashamed of.
FDA puts strict regulations on all blood collections so that the blood that our patients receive is safe. In other situations, the deferral occurs to protect the donor from having complications to the donation process.
Although we can not change a permanent deferral, the majority of temporarily deferred donors are eligible to donate again at a later time.
The UTMB Blood Center needs these individuals to reintegrate as active blood donors as soon as they become eligible.
Reasons you might be temporarily deferred:
All of the reasons listed above are what we call temporary because once you are off antibiotics, feeling better, iron higher, blood pressure under control and pulse lowered you can come back to donate.
a. German Measles (Rubella), MMR (Measles, Mumps and
Rubella) and Chicken Pox (Varivax). Wait 4 weeks.
b. Red Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, Polio with the oral
(mouth) preparation, Small Pox and Yellow Fever Vaccine.
Wait 2 weeks.
For a more complete look at those who might be temporarily deferred click here.