After Immunization, When are you Eligible to Donate Blood?
AFTER IMMUNIZATION, WHEN ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO DONATE BLOOD?
After receiving a vaccine, there is a period of time before you can safely donate blood. Listed below are the day deferral:
Vaccines requiring a 2 day deferral before blood donation:
Cholera and Travellers’ Diarrhoea (Dukoral)
Hepatitis A (Avaxim, Havrix, Vaqta)
Hepatitis A and Typhoid (Vivaxim)
Tetanus and Diphtheria
Vaccines requiring a 4 week deferral period
Hepatitis B (Engerix, Recombivax HB)
Hepatitis A and B (Twinrix)
Typhoid oral (Vivotif)
Vaccines requiring a 12 week deferral period:
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR, Priorix)
Varicella (chicken pox)
Rabies (Pre-exposure immunization) – 2 day deferral
Rabies (Post-exposure treatment) – 52 weeks deferral
Note: Malaria exposure with less than six months in risk-zone – Blood can be donated one year after departure date. Malaria exposure with six or more consecutive months in risk zone- Blood can be donated three years after departure date.
‘Plasma’ donations can be donated six months after departure date regardless of duration of stay.