Vaccination - How long after I've had a vaccination (including 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 4 weeks

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

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

Wait 2 weeks before donating anything, and then only donate plasma for 12 months

  • If you're unsure what type of vaccine you received.

Wait 2 weeks before donating anything

  • Hepatitis B

Wait 8 weeks before donating anything

  • Smallpox
  • Trial vaccines for anything other than HIV or hepatitis C

Wait 12 months or more before donating anything

  • Trial vaccines for HIV or hepatitis C

If you aren’t sure about whether, or when, you can give blood after having a vaccination, call us on 13 14 95.

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