- Adolescents aged 15 years or over and adults who are at risk of infection with Coxiella burnettii are recommended to receive Q fever vaccine
- People are recommended to have both serological and skin tests before Q fever vaccination
- The Q fever skin test and vaccine are not funded under the National Immunisation Program
- The stores information on the Q fever immune status of individuals. This site has general information on Q fever, information on the Register, forms and provides a ‘find a vaccinator’ link as well as providing password access to registered users. The Register commenced full national coverage on 1st July 2002.
- The contains information about who should be vaccinated, pre-vaccination testing and how people are vaccinated.
Q fever is caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii. C. burnetii infects wild and domestic animals, and their ticks. Humans are mainly infected from cattle, sheep and goats.
Q fever vaccine is recommended for adolescents aged ≥15 years and adults who are at risk of infection with C. burnetii.
People are recommended to have both serological and skin tests before Q fever vaccination.
People who work with cattle, sheep and goats are most at risk of catching Q fever.
Q fever vaccine is recommended for people aged ≥15 years who are at risk of infection with C. burnetii. These include:
- abattoir workers
- stockyard workers
- animal transporters
- veterinary nurses
- veterinary students
- professional dog and cat breeders
- agricultural college staff and students
- wildlife and zoo workers who work with high-risk animals
- animal refuge workers
- laboratory workers who handle veterinary specimens or work with C. burnetii
- other people exposed to high-risk animals
Contact your General Practitioner (GP) or an approved to discuss if the Q fever vaccine is appropriate for you. Q fever vaccine and the skin test are not government funded and need to be purchased privately. Speak to your GP or employer about the costs involved.
Reviewed 12 May 2023