Summer time is coming to an end, and most of us are all gearing up for back to school and finally getting out of this heat! We had a great summer and were able to maintain a steady blood supply of all types for patients in our community. We owe all of that to the thousands of volunteer donors who spent their summer donating blood to give people the chance to experience life’s most important moments.
Now that summer is ending, we are ready to see all the donors whose summer plans took them outside our community! We hope your travels were safe, fun, and full of moments you will never forget. However, if your travels took you outside of the United States, there is a chance you may be temporarily deferred from giving, depending upon where you went.
Zika Virus Active Areas
There are many areas defined as at-risk for Zika virus transmission. The list is updated daily by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Carter BloodCare’s staff receives daily updates on newly announced at-risk areas. Please click here for a full list of countries and territories that have active Zika virus transmission. If you have visited any of the areas listed, you may be deferred from donating until four weeks after your departure date from the area.
Other Concerned Areas
Other blood-borne illnesses such as malaria are common in other countries and travel to these places could affect your donor eligibility. Remember to record the dates and locations of your travel and bring it to your next donation appointment.
You must wait 1-3 years if you have visited malaria-endemic countries.
For more information on travel and blood donation eligibility, please call Donor Notification at 1-888-480-8200, or check out the complete list on our FAQ page.