Pneumonia temporarily prevents blood donation. The duration of this obstacle depends on the seriousness of the pneumonia and the treatment prescribed for it.

Pneumonia that has not required treatment in hospital and has been treated with oral antibiotics prevents blood donation for two weeks after the antibiotic treatment has ended. If you need to have a follow-up examination or a chest X-ray to confirm that you have recovered from the pneumonia, these need to be performed before you donate blood.

Pneumonia that has required treatment in hospital or intravenous antibiotics prevents blood donation for at least three months after the treatment has ended.

Would you like more information? Please call the free information number for blood donors on 0800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).