Q Fever vaccination is important for anyone who may participate in risk activities with animals including:
- Contact with cattle, sheep or native animals
- Wortking in or visiting abattoirs, meat packaging plants or tanneries
- Regular visits to rural areas, particularly in dusty conditions
- Maintaining livestock transport equipment that travel in these areas
- working with animal specimens in classrooms/laboratories
Subjects who are working, should be vaccinated BEFORE they start work as the risk of infection is highest in the first few years.
Persons who have already had Q Fever cannot be vaccinated as they can develop severe complications to the vaccine. The Q Fever bacteria is particularly hardy and infectious - a single bacteria is able to cause infection.