Q Fever is an uncommon illness and specific to those working with mainly farm animals.
In order to establish your suitability to be vaccinated against Q fever, a careful history, blood and skin test are first carried out. The skin test is reviewed 7 days later, at which time your blood test results will also be available. If both the blood and skin test are showing no prior exposure, it is likely you will be offered the vaccine.
It is important you keep your 7 day appointment, to avoid the need to be re-tested.
Q fever often causes a mild illness with fever. This follows exposure to infected farm animals, droplets or animal carcasses. The main problem with Q fever is that is can cause complications including liver and heart problems as well as chronic fatigue.
Strict hygiene practices can lower the risk as well as vaccination in selected patients.
Careful screening prior to vaccination is mandatory. The vaccine is long lasting and is only given once.
As with any vaccine, there is the potential for side effects. Generalised flu-like symptoms are the most common (e.g. headaches, general aches, and tiredness) and occur in 1 in 10 people vaccinated. More severe reactions are very rare when screening is done correctly.
Additional information about Q Fever and the Q Fever Register can be found at https://www.qfever.org/