Q Vaccinations in Pakenham

An infection, Q Fever happens due to a bacteria called Coxiella Burnetii which affects both people and animals. Infection happens when minute cell variants (air/dust) are breathed in after coming into contact with Q Fever in faeces, milk, urine, sperm, vaginal fluids or other animal products. Seldom, the disease could be spread by ticks, and depending on how bad the infection is in the person, it can take anywhere from 9 to 40 days to show symptoms.

Most people with Q Fever don’t have any symptoms, but some do.

  • Fever and shivering
  • Really bad headaches
  • Muscle/Joint pain
  • Sweats
  • Intense fatigue

Hepatitis and pneumonia can also happen to patients.

Symptoms usually last between 2 and 6 weeks if nothing is done. Many people get better and don’t get sick again. However, some people can get infected to the period of up to two years after they’ve been sick. About 10% of people who got Q Fever have been sick for a long time after getting it.

The Q Fever vaccine, or Q-Vax as it is called, is injected under the skin of the patient, usually in the upper arm. It’s utilised to protect people from getting Q Fever.

The risk involved in getting Q fever goes up in the initial two years after being exposed to it. The vaccine for Q Fever is suggested for those who work with sheep, cows, goats, or animal products, such as leather, wool, or meat.

  • Farmers
  • Veterinary professionals
  • Stockyard workers
  • Abattoir workers or visitors
  • Shearers
  • People who move animals
  • Kangaroo hunters and processors
  • Lab workers who handle veterinary samples that could be infectious

People who possibly could be exposed should talk to their health care provider about getting the vaccine for Q Fever.

Prior to getting the Q fever vaccination in Pakenham, it’s important for the patient not to get the shot if.

  • You haven’t done the required skin/blood tests for Q Fever, which could show the doctor that you are already guarded to the disease.
  • You’ve been vaccinated for Q Fever previously.
  • You’ve or may‘ve had Q Fever
  • You’ve come in contact with Q Fever or the bacteria and now have symptoms that are similar to Q Fever, you may have Q Fever.

What You Need to Know Before You Take Q Fever Vaccination

There’s a vaccine that works well to fight Q fever. Most of the time, this is only provided to adults, however people under 15 who are at a risk of getting the disease may sometimes need it. People who’ve had Q fever already or even the vaccination have more side effects from the vaccine. This is why testing is done before Q vaccination in Pakenham or your nearby location is provided.

Before getting vaccinated, a person needs to undergo:

  • Blood test
  • Skin test
  • In-depth examination

The tests done help make sure that the vaccine doesn’t have any unwanted side effects. In case the tests turns out to be positive, it could means that the person is likely to have a bad reaction against the vaccine.

The blood and skin test has to be performed on a same-day basis. The person must then go back to the same clinician after 7 days to get the results of your skin test.

The person is vaccinated in case both tests come back negative. The vaccine doesn’t start to work for 2 weeks after that. This means that vaccinated people shouldn’t do anything that could put them at risk (like going to an abattoir) for two weeks after getting vaccinated.

During screening, each person would talk about their own situation. The shot works, and it protects you for life.

In that case, we suggest that people who have had the shot sign up for a Register for Q Fever. This has a copy consisting of everyone’s Q Fever vaccine records who signed up for it. Everyone who signs up will get a card showing that they have Q Fever. This particular card is needed to get into places of work that have a chance of contracting Q Fever.

Side Effects of Vaccine

About half of the people who get the vaccine will have arm pain for some days.

One out of ten people will have general symptoms like headaches, fever, chills, or small amounts of sweating.

Some people who didn’t react much to the shot right away have a strange side effect that doesn’t happen very often. One to eight months after the vaccination, the place where the shot was given gets hard and sore. The place where the first skin test was done could become positive. Without seeking treatment, the lumps will get smaller over time and go away on their own. This happens more often in women because their immune systems didn’t start to work right away.

There are almost no hazardous side effects from the vaccine for yellow fever. For example, if you’re healthy, you could have problems with your nerves, liver, and kidneys (No allergy against eggs as well as Gelatins, no disorders (immunocompromised or thymic))

Contact the clinician who provided the vaccine if you have any questions about side effects.

Where Can I Get the Shot?

Not all clinicians can give the Q fever vaccination in Pakenham because it requires special training and a lot of testing before the shot. Costs can be kept down by getting shots as a group.

What happens if a person gets the Q fever shot twice or more?

The effect being hard to predict, some people have a hypersensitivity reaction for the second vaccine dose. This can cause severe redness, swelling and/or even ulcers near the treatment area. Some may get sick as their immune system may attack the vaccine so strongly.

Costs to protect against Q fever

Talk to Dr. Zaman Bhuiyan about how much you will have to pay for skin and blood tests, medical consultations, as well as vaccines.

There are no rebates on Medicare when it comes to blood tests for Q fever, skin tests for Q fever, or doctor visits. If you’ve a job that could contract Q fever and you’re “placed in an undertaking that’s industrial where the service is for requirements related to operational undertaking,” you could get to claim the service for tax returns.

Talk to us right away. Pakenham Medical Clinic is where you can talk to your doctor. All enquires call: 0359416455.