We are pleased to offer Q fever vaccination services at Medsana Medical Clinic as Dr Alex Ling is a registered Q Fever service provider.
What is Q Fever?
Q fever is an illness caused by the bacteria Coxiella burnetii. Surprisingly, the animals carrying this bacteria, like cattle, sheep, goats, and even kangaroos, usually show no signs of being sick. This sneaky bacterium can pass to humans when they inhale dust or droplets contaminated by the infected animals’ fluids, faeces, or urine. The bacteria not only dwell in animals but can also persist in our environment – in the dust and soil.
For many, the infection might pass unnoticed. However, for others, it mimics a severe flu, presenting with fever, chills, headaches, muscle pain, and even conditions like pneumonia and hepatitis. It’s essential to consult a doctor if you exhibit such symptoms, especially if you work closely with animals.
Who is at Risk?
Certain occupations and environments expose individuals to a higher risk of contracting Q Fever. Some of these high-risk groups include:
- Abattoir, meat, and pet food workers
- Livestock farmers, dairy workers, and shearers
- Vets, veterinary nurses and other staff
- Veterinary and agriculture students
- Animal trainers and breeders
- Laboratory personnel handling certain specimens
- People living near livestock farms, transport routes or areas frequented by livestock or native animals, such as kangaroos.
Do you fit into any of these categories? If yes, read on.
Q Fever Vaccination: Your Shield Against the Disease
Good news! There’s a vaccine available to guard you against Q Fever. We strongly recommend this vaccine for anyone working in or considering entering a high-risk profession. Even if your exposure is non-occupational, like living near a livestock farm or frequently visiting such environments, you are encouraged to get vaccinated.
First, you will need to be screened with a skin test and a blood test to ensure the vaccine is suitable for you. If suitable, you will book in for a second consultation one week later to receive your vaccination.
Your health is our utmost priority. If you are going to be exposed to Q fever, please book for your screening online with Dr Alex Ling or call reception on (07) 3852 4878.