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.

Immunizations/Vaccinations Eligibility for Donation

Allergy desensitization

Defer 1 day

Animal Serum Products

2 weeks after last injection.

Anthrax Vaccine

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy.

Botulinum Toxin

4 weeks

BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin)

2 weeks

Chicken Pox (See also Varicella zoster vaccine)

4 weeks

Chickenpox Immune Globulin (Varicella-Zoster Immune Globulin)

12 months

Cholera

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy.

Desensitization (Allergy)

Defer 1 day.

Diphtheria

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy.

DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus)

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy.

DPT or Tdap (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus)

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy.

Experimental Vaccinations

12 months

Flu (injection or nasal)

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy.

Gamma Globulin

120 days if given post-exposure to hepatits A. evaluate if given for exposure to any other disease.  Accept immediately if given prophylactically (e.g,, for travel)and not for exposure.

Gardasil (HPV)

Accept immediately

Hepatitis A vaccine

12 months if given post-exposure.  Accept immediately if given prophylactically and not for exposure

Hepatitis B vaccine

14 days if given prophylactically and not for exposure.  12 months if given post-exposure.

Hepatitis B Immune Globulin (HBIG)

12 months

HIV

Defer indefinitely

HPV

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy

 

Immune Globulin (ISG) (Immune Serum Globulin)

120 days if given post-exposure to hepatitis A. Evaluate if given for exposure to any other disease.  Accept immediately given prophylactically (e.g.,for travel) and not for exposure.

IVIG

Evaluate condition.

Japanese Encephalitis

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy.

Lyme Vaccine

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy.

Measles (Rubeola)

2 weeks

Measles, German (Rubella)

4 weeks

Meningococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy.

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

4 weeks

Mumps

2 weeks

Parathyphoid

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy.

Pertussis Vaccine

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy.

Plague

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy.

Pneumonia (Pneumococcal polysaccharide)

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy.

Polio (Oral, Sabin)

2 weeks after last dose.

Polio (by injection, Salk)

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy.

 

Rabies

Accept if prophylactic injection for occupation.  Defer 12 months if bite sustained.

Rh Immune Globulin (RhoGAM)

Defer for 6 weeks after pregnancy, miscarriage or abortion.  If in association with Rh incompatibly transfusion defer 12 months.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy.

Rubella (German Measles)

4 weeks after last injection.

Rubeola (Measles)

Defer 2 weeks after last injections, unless part of MMR, then four week wait.

Shingles (Zostavax)

4 weeks

Smallpox without complications

 Defer for 8 weeks.

Smallpox with complications

Defer for 8 weeks after onset of symptoms or 14 days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. Complications include:  a rash resembling blisters, necrosis (tissue death) at the vaccination site, inflammation of the brain, infection of the cornea, localized or systemic skin reaction in someone with eczema or other chronic skin condition

 

Tetanus Toxoid

Accept immediately if symptom free.  If for

human bite, defer for 12 months.  See Medical Conditions guidelines if for animal bite

Tetanus & Diphtheria Toxoids

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy.

Twin RX (combined Hepatitis A and B vaccines)

14 days if given prophylactically

12 months if given post exposure

Typhoid

Accept immediately if injectable, defer 2 weeks if oral

Typhus, Paratyphoid

Accept immediately if feeling well and healthy.

Varicella-Zoster (Chicken Pox)

4 weeks after last injection.

Varicella-Zoster Immune Globulin

2 months after last injection.

Yellow Fever

2 weeks after last injection.

Zostavax (shingles)

4 weeks after last injection