It depends on the type of vaccine.
No effect on your ability to donate
These vaccines are made from inactivated or recombinant material and you can donate straight away after having one.
- Influenza (both seasonal flu and H1N1 or 'swine' flu)
- Hepatitis A
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Q fever
- Human papillomavirus (Gardasil)
Can only donate plasma for four weeks
- Polio (Sabin)
- Chicken pox/shingles
- Tuberculosis (BCG)
Wait one week before donating anything
- Hepatitis B
Wait eight weeks before donating anything
Wait 12 months or more before donating anything
- Trial vaccines
- If you’re unsure of the source of the vaccine
If you aren’t sure about whether, or when, you can give blood after having a vaccination, call us on 13 14 95.