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Blood donations, 1998–2010

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SOURCE: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS.
NOTE: Data are for the proportion of adults aged 18 and over who had donated blood in the past 12 months and are age adjusted using the year 2000 standard population.

The proportion of adults aged 18 and over who had donated blood in the past 12 months increased 10.9% between 1998 and 2010, from 5.5% to 6.1% (age adjusted).


Blood donations, 2010

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*Data by age group are not age adjusted.
SOURCE: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS.
NOTES: Data are for the proportion of adults aged 18 and over who had donated blood in the past 12 months and, except for the data by age group, are age adjusted using the year 2000 standard population Respondents were asked to select one or more races. Data for the single-race categories are for persons who reported only one racial group. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.
I = 95% confidence interval.

In 2010, 6.1% (age adjusted) of adults aged 18 and over had donated blood in the past 12 months. This rate varied by race and ethnicity as well as by age:

  • 7.5% (age adjusted) of non-Hispanic white adults donated blood, compared with: 3.6% of Asian adults, 3.6% of Hispanic adults, and 2.9% of non-Hispanic black adults.
  • 10.4% of adults aged 18–24 donated blood, compared with: 6.8% of adults aged 45–64, 5.9% of adults aged 25–44, and 2.5% of adults aged 65 and over.

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