Q fever is a serious bacterial infection that can be contracted from living near and working with livestock and other native animals such as kangaroos. The Q fever vaccination is an effective way to prevent against Q fever infection.
You can read more about Q fever via this fact sheet or the Australian Q Fever Register Website.
Renmark Medical Clinic have doctors that are accredited to perform testing and vaccination for Q fever.
You are NOT eligible to have the Q fever skin test or vaccination if you have the following:
Previous confirmed Q fever infection, vaccination or skin test
Immune system disorder or medications compromising your immunity
Previous vaccination adverse event and/or egg allergy
If you do not have these above conditions then please contact our clinic to make a booking. The total cost of the consultations, blood test, skin test kit and vaccination is $405. These costs are not subsidised by Medicare.
The first consultation involves:
A screening questionairre and examination
A skin test (to see if you have had prior Q fever exposure)
A blood test performed by SA Pathology (to check for Q fever antibodies)
The second consultation is performed 7 days later and involves:
Assessing the skin test site for a reaction
Reviewing the antibody test
If both of these results are negative, then the vaccination is given.