Special Considerations

Ebola

Due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the disease being transmitted to US healthcare workers, we are asking a few additional questions before you donate:

  1. Have you had personal contact (at home or as a health care worker) in the last 28 days with anyone suspected of having an Ebola Virus infection?
  2. Are you being monitored by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for possible Ebola Virus infection?

If you answered “yes” to either question, please wait to donate until 4 weeks (28 days) after the contact, or until after the CDC has stopped monitoring you.

Please speak to a staff person to reschedule your appointment.

If you have additional questions or develop symptoms, PLEASE see your doctor and notify us as soon as possible at (206) 398-5999. By doing so, you may prevent infection of a patient who is receiving a transfusion.

CHIKV

Travel to the Caribbean islands may put you at risk of getting infections not found in the United States. Of most concern at this time are tropical diseases caused by dengue virus and chikungunya virus, which are transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. Although you may feel completely well and healthy at the time of your donation, you may still have been infected with dengue virus or chikungunya virus during your travel and not feel anything.

In this situation, you may develop symptoms within the next 2 weeks including:

  • Fever of more than 100 F
  • Muscle and/or joint aches or weakness
  • Headache
  • Eye pain
  • A rash
  • Bleeding or easy bruising (unrelated to your blood donation)

If you have traveled to any island in the Caribbean during the two weeks before your donation, please wait until 2 weeks after your return to donate. Please speak to a staff person to reschedule your appointment.

If you develop unexplained illness with two or more of the listed symptoms within these 2 weeks, PLEASE see your doctor and notify us as soon as possible at (206) 398-5999. By doing so, you may prevent infecting a patient receiving a transfusion.

More information on blood donation eligibility