If you have high levels of specific antibodies in your blood, you can help by becoming a plasma donor. Using the antibodies in your plasma, we create vaccines that can prevent infection with hepatitis A (jaundice), hepatitis B, shingles, chicken pox and tetanus.
Antibodies can prevent diseases
Specific antibodies (immune substances) can prevent certain diseases such as hepatitis and tetanus. For example, if you prick yourself with a used needle, you can receive an injection with hepatitis B antibodies to prevent hepatitis B. Or if you suffer a serious injury, you will usually receive a vaccination with tetanus antibodies to prevent tetanus.
Made with plasma
The antibodies are made with plasma from volunteer, unpaid Dutch donors with high levels of these specific antibodies in their blood. In order to make enough antibody vaccines, we need a lot of plasma from these donors. Once you are a plasma donor, we regularly measure the levels of specific antibodies that you are a donor for.
Does your blood contain enough antibodies against hepatitis B? Then you can help us by becoming a plasma donor. You may have developed antibodies because you once had an infection with the hepatitis B virus and were cured of it. Or maybe you have been vaccinated against hepatitis B and have created antibodies that way. To make sure the antibody levels are high enough, we will test this first.
We are always on the lookout for donors with enough antibodies against hepatitis A in their blood.
The antibodies may have developed because you had an infection with the hepatitis A virus and were cured of it. People who are vaccinated against hepatitis A have created antibodies and can also become plasma donors. To make sure the antibody levels are high enough, we will test this first.
Shingles and chicken pox
Shingles and chicken pox are caused by the same virus, the Varicella zoster virus. Children are not vaccinated against chicken pox normally. However, the disease can be life-threatening to children with severely compromised immune systems.
Varicella zoster antibodies can prevent chicken pox in these children. These antibodies are made from blood plasma of people who have or recently had shingles or chicken pox. Do you have symptoms of chicken pox or shingles, or did you have them recently? Then you can become a (anti-varicella zoster) plasma donor.
Only a small proportion (about 5%) of the Dutch population has enough antibodies against tetanus to qualify for anti-tetanus plasma donation. That is why the blood bank is looking for donors who are willing to be vaccinated against tetanus, so that the antibody levels in their blood increase.
If you have high levels of the above-mentioned specific antibodies in your blood, please register via our donor information hotline (0800-5115) or by using the registration form.
Want to know more?
- Plasma donation
- How does plasma donation work?
- What is plasma used for?