Holly Hill Healthcare and Rehabilitation will be hosting an Alzheimer's Care Blood Drive Wednesday, from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
The drive will take place in the Bloodmobile outside of Holly Hill, 501 S. Murphy Ave., Brazil.
The Indiana Blood Center encourages those who plan to participate to bring picture identification and to drink plenty of fluids prior to donating.
Individuals who want to make whole blood or apheresis (platelets) donation must also be at least 16 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, pass a brief mini-physical and medical history review. Donors under the age of 17 may only donate whole blood and must have a signed Indiana Blood Center Parental/Guardian Consent Form.
Donations may be delayed, however, for a number of reasons.
In the past 12 months, if a potential donor has traveled to a malaria risk area, had a transfusion (except self-donated), a tattoo, acupuncture or skin piercing by a non-approved method or have had sexual contact or reside with someone having viral hepatitis, the donation can be temporarily delayed.
Other factors which can delay donating are the presence of an active allergy or active hay fever on the day of your donation, being pregnant or it has been less than six weeks since the end of a pregnancy and if the individual has had certain cancers within the past five years.
The type of medication and individual is currently taking can also affect their eligibility for donation. Many antibiotics, hormone, birth control and blood pressure medications do not exempt a person from donating.
Those who are automatically not allowed to donate blood or platelets are those who are in a high risk group for exposure to the AIDS virus, have had viral hepatitis after age 10, have ever had syphilis, have ever taken Tegison and who have ever injected illegal drugs.
The Indiana Blood Center encourages those who can donate blood to donate as often as possible as a person can donate whole blood once every 56 days.
For questions regarding eligibility to donate, consult a supervisor at the blood drive or call 317-916-5150 or 1-800-632-4722.