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Tips on Blood Donation

  • Have a good meal at least 3 hours before donating blood.
  • Accept the snacks offered to you after the donation, it is vital that you have them. You are recommended to have a good meal later.
  • Avoid smoking on the day before donating. You can smoke 3 hours after donation.
  • You will not be eligible to donate blood if you have consumed alcohol 48 hours before donation.

Misconceptions about donating blood
  • "I will feel drained and tired after donating" - You will not feel drained or tired if you continue to drink fluids and have a good meal.
  • "I cannot resume normal activities" - You can resume all your normal activities, though you're asked to refrain.
  • "I will have low blood" - If you are okayed to donate by the doctor you will still have surplus blood after the donation.
  • "I can't take alcohol..." - You can on the next day.
  • "It will be painful while donating" - No, you will not feel any pain.
  • "I will feel dizzy and may faint" - You will not faint or feel uncomfortable after donating blood.
  • "I may get AIDS!" - No! Make sure disposable syringes are used and all measures are taken to keep you germ free.
  • "My blood is common. I don't think there will be demand for it" - That is why the demand for your type is greater than for rare types.

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