Donating Blood & Platelets: Immunizations & Vaccinations

If you have been vaccinated recently, you may need to wait before donating blood. If you have any questions after reviewing the information below, please call our Blood Donor Room at 212-639-7643.

Animal Serum Products
Wait two weeks after last dose.

Anthrax Vaccine
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

Attenuvax (also see measles)
Wait two weeks after last dose.

Biavax (Rubella & Mumps)
Wait four weeks after last dose.

Botulism Toxin
Wait one month after last dose.

BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin)
Wait two weeks after last dose.

Chickenpox Vaccine (See Varicella-Zoster Vaccine)
Wait four weeks after last dose.

Chickenpox Immune Globulin (Varicella-Zoster Immune Globulin)
Wait two months after last dose.

Cholera
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

Desensitization (Allergy)
One day deferral.

Diphtheria, DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus), DPT or Tdap (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus)
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

Experimental Vaccinations
Wait 12 months after last dose.

Fluax
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

Gamma Globulin
Wait 120 days if given post exposure to hepatitis A. Wait 12 months if given after exposure to any other disease. You may donate immediately if given for prevention (e.g., for travel).

Gardasil (HPV)
No waiting period.

Hepatitis A Vaccine
Wait 12 months if given after exposure. You may donate immediately if given for prevention.

Hepatitis B Vaccine
Wait 12 months if given after exposure. Wait 14 days if given for prevention.

Hepatitis B Immune Globulin (HBIG)
Wait 12 months after last dose.

HPV (human papillomavirus)
No waiting period.

Influenza (Flu) Virus Vaccine
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

IVIG
Please contact our Blood Donor Room at 212-639-7643 to discuss your specific situation with our medical staff.

Japanese Encephalitis
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

Lyme Vaccine
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

Measles (Rubeola)
Wait two weeks.

Meningococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

Meningovax-AC
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
Wait four weeks after last dose.

M-R-Vax (Measles, Rubella)
Wait four weeks after last dose.

Mumps
Wait 2 weeks after last dose.

OmniHIB
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

Parathyroid
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

Pertussis Vaccine
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

Pertussis Immune Globulin
Wait six months after last dose.

Plague
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

Pneumonia (Pneumococcal)
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

Pneumovax
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

Polio (Oral, Sabin)
Wait two weeks after last dose.

Polio (by injection, Salk)
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

Rabies Immune Globulin
Wait 12 months.

Rabies
You may donate immediately if the injection was given for prevention due to occupation. If you were bitten, you may not donate for 12 months.

Rh Immune Globulin (RhoGAM)
Wait 6 weeks after pregnancy, miscarriage or abortion. If the immunization was given in association with an Rh incompatible transfusion, wait 12 months.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

Rubella (German Measles)
Wait four weeks after last dose.

Rubeola (Measles)
Wait two weeks after last dose, unless part of MMR, then wait four weeks.

SHINGLES (Zostavax)
Wait four weeks.

Smallpox
Wait eight weeks after vaccination.

Tetanus Toxoid
You may donate immediately if symptom free. If given for a human bite, wait 12 months. If given for a bite from a domestic pet, no waiting period if bite is healed.

Tetanus Antitoxin (Equine)
Wait three months after last dose.

Tetanus Immune Globulin
Wait six months after last dose.

Typhoid
No waiting period if given by injection. Wait 2 weeks if taken by mouth.

Typhus, Paratyphoid
No waiting period. You may donate immediately if you're feeling well.

Varicella-Zoster (Chicken Pox)
Wait four weeks after last dose.

Varicella-Zoster Immune Globulin
Wait two months after last dose.

Yellow Fever
Wait two weeks after last dose.