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Vaccination - How long after I've had a vaccination (or flu shot, etc) can I donate?

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It depends on the type of vaccine. Those made from 'killed/inactivated/recombinant' material generally do not affect eligibility. These include diphtheria, influenza (both seasonal flu and H1N1 or 'swine' flu), hepatitis A, meningococcus, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumococcus, Q fever, tetanus, human papillomavirus (Gardasil) and others.

The exception is hepatitis B. If you have received this vaccine, you should not donate for a week as it may interfere with our testing.

Vaccines made from live material restrict the use of some parts of your donation for a short period. For four weeks after most of these vaccines (including measles, mumps, rubella, polio (Sabin), chicken pox/shingles and TB (BCG)) we can use only the plasma component of your donation. Longer restrictions are required for smallpox vaccine (8 weeks), trial vaccines or if you do not know the type or source of the vaccine you have received (12 months).

If you are unsure about your eligibility to donate after vaccination, please contact Blood Service on 13 14 95 and ask to speak to Medical Services.