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Q Fever vaccination

Q fever is an infection caused by bacterium Coxiella burnetii and can spread to humans from animals, mainly cattle, sheep and goats. The infection can cause a severe flu-like symptoms and potentially long-term health issues. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent infection and is recommended for those who work, live in or visit high risk environments. To avoid the risk of a severe reaction from the vaccine, it should only be given to those who have not been infected or in contact with the bacteria in the past. Thus, pre-vaccination screening is a must.

Q fever vaccination involves 2 appointments / consultation:

  1. During first consultation Q fever skin test and Blood test will be undertaken.
  2. After 7 days, if both skin test and blood test are negative, Q Fever vaccine can then be administered. However, it is important to know that vaccine can take around 2 weeks before it becomes effective, therefore individual must not visit an abattoir during this time.