That's because there is a good chance you have antibodies against the varicella-zoster virus in your blood. You are a highly suitable donor of plasma with antibodies against this virus, which causes chicken pox and shingles.
Yes, I want to help!
Call us at 0800-5115 (free). We will ask you a number of questions and make an appointment for a subsequent donation when we will take the plasma. The level of varicella-zoster antibodies is particularly high in people who recently had shingles or chicken pox. Because the antibody level often drops again very quickly, it is best to donate plasma two or three times within a six-week period. After that, antibody levels are too low again. If you wish, you can then donate blood again after your plasma donations.
Who needs these antibodies?
Plasma with antibodies against shingles and chicken pox is used to make medicines for patients with a severely compromised immune system. This is the case in children who are being treated for cancer and in premature babies, for example.