As of Aug. 16, donors between the ages of 16 to 18 must be at least 122 pounds to donate. This is latest step The Blood Center is taking to help reduce the risk of donor reactions and injuries, which are more common among smaller, younger donors.
Donor safety is very important to The Blood Center, which is why it is doing everything possible to help protect the people who go out of their way to help save lives. Donors that are in this age range are amongst The Blood Center’s most committed donors. The new requirement will have a significant impact on donor eligibility.
However, previous donors who will no longer be able to donate are still able to support The Blood Center. Hosting blood drives in their community, assisting at their high school blood drives or becoming Commit for Life volunteers are just a few ways that they could help.
Although the new requirement will impact the number of blood donations, The Blood Center is proud to improve donor safety any way possible.