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Summer checklist for blood donors

6/15/2021 14:00

Blood products will continue to be needed during the summer. See the summer checklist for blood donors.

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Patients such as accident victims, preterm infants, mothers giving birth, as well as cancer and surgical patients need help from about 800 blood donors every working day.

Blood donation events will be organised around Finland every working day during the summer. You can donate blood regardless of your home town, even if you’re on holiday.

Summer checklist for blood donors

  • Donate blood every summer. Men can donate blood up to 3 to 4 times a year. Women aged 18 to 25 years should not donate blood more than once a year, whereas women in other age groups can donate blood 2 to 3 times a year. 

  • Book a donation appointment. You can book a blood donation appointment. Remember to complete the electronic health questionnaire before your arrival for blood donation.

  • Drink water or juice. Drink plenty of fluids before and after donating blood.

  • Take safety precautions. Remember social distancing and good hand hygiene. Blood donors are recommended to wear a surgical mask provided by the Blood Service.

  • Relax! Avoid strenuous activity and going to sauna during the day of donation. 

+1: Being vaccinated against coronavirus does not prevent you from donating blood. If you experience a strong reaction to the vaccine, such as fever or severe pain, wait for two days after the symptoms have disappeared.