Q fever vaccine
The Q fever vaccine, called Q-Vax, is the best defence against Q fever. It is highly recommended for those who work with livestock or are at increased risk of coming into contact with Q fever. Before the vaccine is given, it is important to make sure you are not already immune to the fever with a skin and blood test. Otherwise, if you are immune, you could have a severe reaction to the vaccine. Come in and see us if you have any queries.
Pregnancy and the Q fever vaccine
It is not recommended that pregnant women receive the Q fever vaccine. If you are already pregnant and aren’t sure if you are immune, come in and speak with us to discuss your options.
What is Q fever?
Q fever is an infection caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii, found worldwide except for New Zealand. It is a common infection among animals such as cattle, sheep and goats, and is spread to humans by inhaling the bacteria present in the animals’ infected urine, faeces, birth fluids or placental material. It is resistant to heat and common disinfectants, so can live a long time between hosts.
Q fever symptoms
Common symptoms include headache, fever, muscle aches, chills, dry cough and nausea. Occasionally, it can cause complications such as heart disease.
For more information please view the Better Health website.
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