Who is at risk of Q fever?
People at increased risk of Q fever infection include:
- Anyone exposed to cattle, camels, sheep, goats and kangaroos (or their products)
- Farmers (even hobby farmers!)
- Abattoir workers
- Stockyard workers
- Livestock transporters
- Tanning and hide workers
- Veterinarians, their staff and students
- Professional dog and cat breeders and handlers
- Wildlife and zoo workers
- Laboratory personnel handling veterinary specimens
- Visitors to the above categories
Q Fever can be prevented by an effective vaccination.
How do we test patients and vaccinate them?
Q fever testing and vaccination requires two, 30 minute appointments, 7 days apart, with Dr Lakmal De Silva at BCH Wendouree.
At the first appointment there will be:
- a detailed history and clinical assessment to exclude a possible past infection with Q fever
- a blood sample
- a skin sensitivity test
At the second appointment:
- the skin test and blood test results will be interpreted and vaccination prescription provided if appropriate
- if appropriate, you’ll be given a script to collect the vaccine from the chemist as the clinic is not storing vaccines at this time
To book an appointment or for further information, please call 5338 4500.