Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - APPSGlobal BloodLine


APPSGlobal BloodLine

The APPSGlobal BloodLine is part of APPS Global network, which is an independent, educational and not for profit organization with no political motives. BloodLine is a project with purpose to serve humanity and arrange blood donors anywhere needed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Can I give blood after getting my flu shot?

Yes. Following a flu vaccine, there is no waiting period before making a donation.


Can I donate blood if I have the flu or a cold?

No, you must be in good health (symptom-free) and in a pleasant mood in order to donate blood.


Can someone with high blood pressure still donate?

Sure, provided that your blood pressure is within the FDA-established range.


What if I'm taking aspirin or other medication that my doctor has prescribed?

The best person to address your questions is at local blood donation center. We advise you to phone the blood donation center in advance to ask about any medications you are currently taking. Ibuprofen and aspirin have no impact on whole blood donation. Although apheresis


How long will the donation procedure actually take?

It takes around an hour to complete the donation procedure from registration to post-contribution refreshments. The donation itself takes 5 to 10 minutes.


What kinds of examinations are done on donated blood?

Blood is examined after it is drawn to determine its ABO group (blood type), Rh type, whether it is positive or negative, and any unexpected red blood cell antibodies that could be problematic for the transfusion recipient.

Donated Blood is tested for:

         Hepatitis B virus

         Hepatitis C virus

         HIV-1 and HIV-2

         HTLV-I and HTLV-II


Other optional tests may be done in some centers around the world based on FDA Guidance!

         West Nile virus

         Trypanosoma cruzi, the infectious agent causing Chagas' disease



Is donated blood kept on hand permanently before being used?


No. Every unit of whole blood is broken down into various parts.

Every unit of whole blood is broken down into various parts. Red blood cells can be frozen for up to 10 years or kept refrigerated for a maximum of 42 days. 

It is possible to keep platelets for a maximum of five to seven days in room temperature storage. 

Usually approximately to twelve months, fresh frozen plasma is retained in a stored frozen form.  

Cryoprecipitate can be kept frozen for up to a year. 

After donation, granulocytes must be injected directly in under 24hrs.

Albumin, immune globulin, particular immune globulins, and clotting factor concentrates are a few further items made from blood.

Volume of Blood Drawn:

An average of 0.5 L of blood is drawn for a whole blood donation. The amount collected for donations of other blood components, including platelets or plasma, is determined by your height, weight, and platelet count.

After receiving a COVID-19 immunization, is my blood safe?

The Food and Drug Administration has repeatedly affirmed that there is no evidence to back up worries about the safety of blood donated by vaccine recipients.

The public is being assured by international organizations like the Red Cross and the Organization for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies that there is no requirement to differentiate between blood provided by vaccine-eligible donors and blood donated by non-eligible donors. "There is no scientific evidence that demonstrates adverse outcomes from the transfusions of blood products collected from vaccinated donors and, therefore, there is no medical reason to distinguish or separate blood donations from individuals who have received a COVID19 vaccination," their statement reads.


Vaccination before blood donation:

How long must someone wait after receiving a vaccination before giving blood?

It's recommended for further information, please consult the Vaccination Information Statements from the CDC.

Blood donors must accurately recall their vaccinations and submit that information. It is advised that you wait before giving blood after receiving some live attenuated viral and bacterial vaccines since there is a chance of spreading vaccine virus to others:


2 weeks (live attenuated, viral and bacterial vaccines)

Measles (rubeola)


Polio (Sabin/oral)

Typhoid (oral)

Yellow Fever

4 weeks (live attenuated, viral and bacterial vaccines)

German measles (rubella)

Chickenpox/shingles (varicella zoster)

COVID-19 Vaccine – SARS-CoV-2 nonreplicating, inactivated, or mRNA-based vaccine – No waiting period

Jynneos Smallpox/Monkeypox Vaccine (attenuated, live, nonreplicating vaccine) – No waiting period

Smallpox Vaccine (Live virus vaccine comprised of Vaccina Virus – “replication-competent vaccine” – 

Refer to the FDA’s Guidance, Recommendations for Recipients of Smallpox Vaccine, for further recommendations.


No blood donation waiting period is recommended for the following vaccinations:

Receipt of toxoids, or synthetic or killed viral, bacterial, or rickettsial vaccines: if donor is symptom-free and afebrile: Anthrax, Cholera (inactivated), Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Influenza, Lyme disease, Paratyphoid, Pertussis, Plague, Pneumococcal polysaccharide, Polio (Salk/injection), Rabies, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Tetanus, Typhoid (by injection)

Receipt of recombinant vaccine [eg, HPV and Zoster Recombinant, Adjuvanted (Shingrix) Vaccine]

Receipt of intranasal live attenuated flu vaccine

Receipt of Vaxchora (live attenuated, nonsystemically absorbed, oral Cholera vaccine)


Source: CDC, FDA, AABB

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