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State lowers blood donation age to 16 years

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Someone needs a blood transfusion every two seconds, America’s Blood Centers reports.

That someone could be you or a loved one. That’s why it’s important to give blood.

Recently, the state of Louisiana changed its criteria for blood donors, lowering the age from 17 to 16. Sixteen-year-old donors must have consent from a parent and valid identification, but a parent does not have to be present. Donors must also weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.

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