Friday, April 15, 2011
Blood donation – statement by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service
the Irish Blood Transfusion Service:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I have / have had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.Can I give blood?
No you cannot give blood if you currently have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or if you have had it in the past.
CFS is also knows as M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome. Prior to early August 2010 donors who had a history of CFS/ME could give blood, provided that they had completely recovered and were feeling well. On 9th August 2010, we introduced a permanent exclusion for donors who have ever had CFS/ME even if they had fully recovered. We changed the guidelines because:
CFS/ME is a condition where people can relapse and become ill again. We were concerned that there was a theoretical risk (i.e. a very small risk) that donating blood could make symptoms worse or provoke a relapse.