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Vaccinations

Can You Give Blood?

The blood system in Canada is one of the safest in the world. Donors are selected based on eligibility criteria to protect both their own health and that of a person whose blood is transfused. Vaccines are among these factors. The list of the most common vaccines and corresponding exclusion periods shown below. 

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Vaccines

Vaccine For: Deferral Period:

Anthrax

No deferral

BCG

6 weeks

Chicken Pox (Varivax)

3 months

Cholera (Metacol Berna)

4 weeks

Cholera, oral (Dukoral)

No deferral

Diarrhea (traveller's), oral (Dukoral)

No deferral

Diphtheria (Tetanus, Pertussis (Boostrix)

No deferral

Diphtheria (Adacel, Boostrix)

No deferral

Encephalitis, Japanese (Ixiaro)

No deferral

Flu Shot (influenza vaccine)

No deferral

Hepatitis A (Avaxim, Epaxal, Havrix, Vaqta, Vivaxim)

No deferral

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B (Twinrix) 

4 weeks

Hepatitis B (Engerix B, Recombivax–HB)

4 weeks

Herpes Zoster, that is Shingles (Zostavax)

3 months

Human Papillomavirus (Gardasil, Cervarix)

No deferral

Influenza, Flumist (intranasal)

No deferral

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) 

4 weeks

Measles, that is Rubeola (MMR)

4 weeks

Meningococcal (Meningitec, Menjugate, Menactra, Menveo, Nimenrix, Bexsero)

No deferral

Mumps (MMR) 

4 weeks

Paratyphoid

No deferral

Pertussis (Adacel, Boostrix)

No deferral

Plague

No deferral

Pneumococcal (Pneumovax, Prevnar)

No deferral

Polio (Sabin, oral)

6 weeks

Polio, by injection (Salk, Imovax, IPV)

No deferral

Rabies - Treatment after exposure with Immune Globulin

52 weeks
Rabies - 

Treatment after exposure (RabAvert only, no immune globulin given)

No deferral
Rabies - 

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (RabAvert)

No deferral

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

No deferral

Rubella, that is German Measles (MMR)

4 weeks

Tetanus (Adacel, Boostrix)

No deferral

Tick Born Encephalitis (FSME-IMMUN) 

No deferral

Typhoid (Typherix, Typhim Vi, Vivaxim)

No deferral

Typhoid (Vivotif oral)

4 weeks

Typhoid, Hepatitis A (Vivaxim)

No deferral

Typhus

No deferral

Yellow Fever

4 weeks