By The Bay x Red Cross: Blood Donation Drive
Important Information & Eligibility
Date: 22 Apr 2021 (Thu)
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Venue: One Raffles Quay, North Tower Level 2 (ORQ Travellator)

To be eligible for blood donation, you must:
• Aged between 16 and 60 years old (Youths aged 16 and 17 will need to complete and bring a signed parental consent form):
www.hsa.gov.sg/parent_consent
• Weigh at least 45kg
• Generally in good health (no symptoms of infection for at least one week, eg. sore throat, cough, flu, diarrhoea, or no fever in the last three weeks)
• Have a haemoglobin level of at least 12.5g/dl (for females) or 13g/dl (for males) [this will be tested by the nurses and staff from HSA on the day of the drive]
--> Learn how to boost your haemoglobin levels through https://redcross.sg/simple-page/491-bump-up-your-haemoglobin-and-iron-levels.html

Donors will NOT be eligible to donate blood if they have:
• Visited or lived in the United Kingdom between 1980 and 1996 for a cumulative period of 3 months or longer
• Visited or lived in France since 1980 for a cumulative period of 5 years or longer
• Received a transfusion of blood or blood components in France or the United Kingdom since 1980
• Donors/mother born in South America or Central America and Mexico
• Received a blood transfusion in South America or Central America and Mexico
• Lived or worked in rural farming communities in South America or Central America and Mexico for a continuous period of four weeks or more

Overseas Travel Criteria
Travelled to a malaria-endemic region in the past four months, including:
• Indonesia (All rural areas of Kalimantan, Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi, and Sumatra; Batam, Bintan, and all areas of eastern Indonesia)
• Myanmar (All areas at altitude below 1000m which includes Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan)
• Cambodia (All areas except Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh and Lake Tonle Sap)
• India (All areas except elevated areas above 2,000m)
• Thailand (All rural areas except the cities of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Pattaya, Phang Nga and Phuket)
• Vietnam (All rural areas except the Red River Delta and cities such as Da Nang, Haiphong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nhra Trang, and Qui Nhon)
• Bangladesh (All areas except Dhaka)

The west nile virus endemic areas* in the commonly visited countries include:
• United States
• Canada
• Greece
• Israel
• Italy including Holy See (Vatican City)

Please call HSA 6213 0626 or check www.hsa.gov.sg/travel_deferral if you are unsure whether the places you have visited is affected by any of the criteria

Medication (to postpone your donation):
At least 3 days after:
• Taking Traditional Chinese Medicine
• Most prescription medication (excluding paracetamol, anti-histamines or sedatives)

At least 1 week after:
• Taking antibiotics

At least 4 weeks after:
• Propecia (for hair loss)
• Isotretinoin e.g. Accutane, Roaccutane etc (for acne treatment)

Vaccination (to postpone your donation):
At least 2 days (48 hours) after:
• Hepatitis B vaccination

At least 2 weeks after:
• Typhoid vaccination (oral vaccination only)
• Measles vaccination
• Mumps vaccination
• Polio (oral vaccination only)
• Yellow Fever vaccination
• BCG (tuberculosis) vaccination

At least 4 weeks after:
• Rubella (German Measles) vaccination
• Chicken Pox (Varicella Zoster) vaccination

*If you have taken the Covid-19 vaccination, please check the deferral period https://www.hsa.gov.sg/blood-donation/covid-19-vaccine

Donors are advised to call HSA 6213 0626 to speak to a Medical Screener if the medication or vaccine you received is not included in the list above.

If you have questions on any of the eligibility criteria, call Red Cross Singapore at 6220 0183 or email donate.blood@redcross.sg.

* Please bring along your NRIC/drivers licence/donor card.
* Each blood donation takes around 60 minutes to complete.
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