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 don't include any live 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)

  • Shingrix for shingles

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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