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

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.

  • Diphtheria
  • Influenza (both seasonal flu and H1N1 or 'swine' flu)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Meningococcus
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Pneumococcus
  • Q fever
  • Tetanus
  • Human papillomavirus (Gardasil)

Can only donate plasma for four weeks

These vaccines are made from live material and you need to wait four weeks before donating whole blood or platelets:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Polio (Sabin)
  • Chicken pox/shingles
  • Tuberculosis (BCG)

Wait one week before donating anything

  • Hepatitis B

Wait eight weeks before donating anything

  • Smallpox

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.