People no longer have to wait a full year to give blood after they have gotten a tattoo.
Due to FDA law changes, a person can give blood right after getting a tattoo if they received it from a licensed facility in Missouri or Arkansas. Even donating the same day you get the ink. There are also myths that a person can’t give blood after getting a flu shot or being pricked with a needle, but that’s not the case.
“Best thing for people to do if they don’t know or if they are not familiar with some of these rules or regulations, like I can’t give because I’m diabetic- Well, of course you can! Things like that you might not necessarily know. Come in, we’ll tell you whether or not you can give. Don’t self defer because of something you think might be true,” says Chris Pilgrim with the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.
Pilgrim adds Kansas and Oklahoma are not included in the areas that have acceptable licensed tattoo facilities for immediate blood donation after.