Shingles - I have recently had shingles. Can I donate?

Yes, once you are feeling well and the rash is completely clean and dry, you can donate plasma for the first three weeks after you’ve recovered and donate whole blood or platelets afters.

In fact, the plasma you donate after you recover is full of valuable antibodies (proteins that your body makes to fight infections) that can be used to help people at risk of shingles or chicken pox.

If you’ve had contact with someone who has shingles while they are infectious you’ll need to wait three weeks after the contact before you donate.