Internal Medicine Department
Hematology Division

After the Transplant

What You Can Do and When You Can Do It

Time after Allogeneic Transplant
   < 6 months > 6 months
6–12 months
> 12 months

All Patients

Not receiving
Hot Tub No Yes No Yes
(avoid head submersion and diving)
No Yes No Yes
(digging in the soil)
No Yes No No
Indoor plants
(not handling)
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mowing the lawn/Raking leaves No Yes No No
Carpentry work No Yes No No
Occasional woodworking
No Yes No Yes
Household cleaning
No Yes Yes Yes
Animals (not handling feces, cleaning utensils, cages):
New pets No Yes No No
(not sleeping with pets)
Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes
Canaries, parakeets
(without respiratory problems)
 No  Yes No No
Pigeons No No No No
Small cage pets
(gerbils, rabbits: do not handle)
No Yes Yes Yes
Reptiles No Yes No No
Working with livestock/Horses
(exposure to barns)
No Yes No No
(sun protection required; no venous catheter)
No Yes Yes Yes
Spectator events
(church, movies, games; no hand shaking)
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sexual activity (see patient guidebook) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Airline travel No Yes Yes Yes
Fireplace (wood) No Yes Yes Yes
Eat raw fish (sushi) No Yes No No
Alcohol No Yes No No
Raw meat No Yes No No
Smelly cheese
(e.g., blue cheese, casera, etc.)
No Yes No No

  • Return to work: Patients may expect to return to work part-time six months or more after transplant. Occasional work environments
  • Please discuss your plan with your transplant physician prior to returning to work.
  • Sun Exposure: Always use sunscreen SPF= 15%, wear a hat, long sleeve shirt and pants.
  • Child vaccinations: avoid or delay vaccinations with live viruses: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and oral polio
  • Avoid contact with a child receiving the oral polio vaccine for 7 days
  • Avoid contact with a child receiving the MMR vaccination for 72–96 hours