JPAC Joint United Kingdom (UK) Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee

Appendix 2 - Table of Immunisations

Diseases Protected against Comments and example trade names of adult preparations  
Anthrax Rarely given available only through Public Health England. Non-Live
Cholera Oral vaccine. Dukoral® Non-Live
COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) All COVID-19 vaccines licenced in the UK are Non-Live. These include
  • Pfizer BioNTech (tozinameran/Comirnaty®)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevira®)
  • Moderna (Spikevax®)
  • Janssen Ad26.COV2-S
  • Novavax (Nuvaxovid®)
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Valneva
If more than 48 hours from most recent immunization, accept
HiB   Haemophilus influenza, Menitorex®   Non-Live

Hepatitis A    

May be combined with typhoid or hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis A only: Vaqta®, Avaxim®, Havrix®
  • Combined with typhoid: Viatim® 
  • Combined with hepatitis B: Ambirix®, Twinrix®

Hepatitis B       


May be combined with hepatitis A If unexposed and more than 7 days from last immunisation, accept. See: Hepatitis B – Immunisation
Engerix®, Fendrix®, HBvaxPRO®, Ambirix®, Twinrix® 
HPV Cervarix®, Gardasil® Non-Live
Influenza-intra-nasal     Live vaccine given by intra-nasal spray, age 2-18
Fluenz Tetra® 
Influenza, injection  Annual ‘flu jab’, given by injection
Several preparations, updated annually
Japanese Encephalitis     Travel. Ixiaro®   Non-Live
Measles, Mumps, Rubella      MMR vaccines. M-M-RvaxPro®, Priorix®  Live
Meningitis   Meningococcal group C: NeisVac-C®, Menjugate Kit®
Meningococcal group B: Bexsero®, Trumenba®
MenACWY Quadrivalent vaccine: Menveo®, Nimenrix®, MenQuadfi®
Combined with H. influenzae type b (Hib): Menitorix® 
Mpox (formerly known as Monkeypox)

During the 2022 Mpox outbreak, contacts of Mpox cases may receive Imvanex, a live attenuated non-replicating Smallpox vaccine. For donor selection purposes this should be assessed as a non-live vaccine.
See DSG entry for Mpox

Pertussis      Usually pregnant women, Boostrix-IPV® Repavax® Non-Live

Pneumococcal disease 


Given to people with specific risks: for example, people who have had a splenectomy or people over 65. Pneumovax®23 Non-Live
Polio, injected      Would usually be given Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (injection). Boostrix-IPV®, Revaxis®, Repevax®  Non-Live
Polio, oral Not in routine use in UK. May be used abroad Live
Rabies   Given to non-exposed individuals if occupation or activity has an exposure risk, or for some travellers to endemic areas: Rabipur®, Verorab®     Non-Live
Shingles     There are two vaccines available to prevent shingles: Zostavax® and Shingrix® ; see rows below. Ensure the correct guidance is applied depending on the vaccine given. If vaccine name not certain, treat as a Live vaccine  
  • Zostavax® for shingles prevention
  • Shingrix® for shingles prevention
Smallpox         Note this live vaccine requires an 8-week deferral If given, see DSG entry for Smallpox Immunization. 
See also Mpox


Would usually be given as Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio. Boostrix-IPV®, Revaxis®, Repevax®  Non-Live
Tick-borne encephalitis       TicoVac®  Non-Live
Tuberculosis   BCG vaccine    Live
Typhoid - injected      Typhim Vi®
Combined with hepatitis A: Viatim®
Typhoid - Oral       

Given in capsule form

Varicella (chickenpox)   Usually given to healthcare workers. Varilrix®, Varivax® Live
Yellow Fever   Stamaril®   Live


Last updated 31/01/2023