Although the World Health Organization declared Smallpox disease eradicated in 1980, the potential threat of the virus still exists. The risk of death after contracting the disease was 30%, and those who survived were often left with significant scarring of the skin, and even blindness.
Our program helps ensure a treatment is available as part of the US Government’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) if this threat is realized. We are looking for donors previously vaccinated for Smallpox to join this program. Plasma from participating donors is used to produce an immune globulin needed to treat people who experience an adverse reaction to the vaccine.
Locate a plasma donation center near you to participate in our specialty programs.
Donors must meet all requirements for plasma donation, along with a previous vaccination for Smallpox. You may have been previously vaccinated if you meet any of the following criteria:
- Born prior to 1973
- Born outside of the United States
- History of military service
$700 in 4 weeks through 7 visits
1 screening, 1 vaccination,
1 post-vaccination, 4 donations
($100 per visit)
$50 referral bonus
(paid after referred donor is vaccinated)
If you meet the requirements and are interested in joining the program, below is the donation process.
Speak with a center team member and fill out a prescreening questionnaire confirming vaccination history.
If approved for the program, a center Medical Specialist will schedule a screening. The screening will take around one hour and include: Consent form, medical history, health assessment, blood sample, and EKG (if required for donors 50+ years old or with certain risk factors).
Once we receive the test results, we’ll contact you for a vaccination appointment. The vaccination will take around one hour and include a health assessment to confirm no changes to your previous visit.
- Site Check
One week after the booster vaccination, we’ll confirm the vaccination has been effective and there are no adverse results. There is no donation during this visit so you should be in and out quickly.
- Plasma Donation
Between 10-25 days post-vaccination, you can donate plasma four times. Donors with high antibody levels may qualify for additional collections.
How Does My Donation Help?
The antibodies in your plasma are used to produce an immune globulin needed to treat people who experience an adverse reaction to the vaccine.