Q Fever Screening and Vaccination

What is Q fever?

  • Q fever is a flu-like disease, causing illness that can range from mild to very severe. It can sometimes last for years.
  • People usually get Q fever from animals such as goats, cattle and sheep.
  • The germ is spread in the urine, faeces and milk, with birth fluids, the foetus and the placenta being the most dangerous. When infected fluids dry out, the germ can remain alive for years.
  • People who work with or near animals are most at risk of getting Q fever.
  • Everyone at risk should have a test to see if they are protected from the disease.
  • Preventing Q fever is the main aim of Q fever vaccination.

For more information about Q fever, please read the Australian Q Fever Register website.

How do I get the vaccination?

Q fever vaccination takes place over two appointments. The appointments MUST be precisely one week apart. The first appointment is a skin and blood test, which assesses your immunity to the disease. The second appointment (one week later) is for the vaccination injection.

Q fever screening and vaccination can be arranged through the University Health Service. The cost of the vaccination program is separate from tuition fees. You can contact the University Health Service here.

If you have a doctor already, you can ring and ask if they provide Q fever screening and vaccination. The Q fever register has a list of doctors and medical centres that provide screening and vaccination in your local area here.

What is the Q Fever Register?

The Australian Q Fever Register is a database that stores information about the Q fever immune status of people who have agreed to be part of the register. Joining the register means that you can be safely employed in a new job (in a position where you may be exposed to Q fever) more easily and quickly. It can also help doctors avoid the risks of unpleasant reactions that may occur when a person who is already immune is unnecessarily vaccinated. For more information, please visit the Australian Q Fever Register website.

Which subjects or courses need the Q fever vaccination?

It is your responsibility to be vaccinated against Q fever if you are enrolling in the following courses or subjects:


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Bachelor of Agriculture


NOTE:  Please contact subject coordinator to check Q fever requirements for 2022 delivery:

  • ANSC10002 Animal Systems (Semester 2 ─ Dookie)
  • ANSC20002 Comparative Nutrition and Digestion (Semester 2)
  • ANSC30009 Animal Systems Analysis (Semester 2)
  • ANSC90009 Dairy Systems (September)

Information for DVM students

If you are a student in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (i.e. DVM and BSc students undertaking the Veterinary Bioscience major), providing evidence of Q fever inoculation is compulsory as part of your enrolment and participation in the course.

Each year, the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences in conjunction with the University Health Service offers a service to first year Veterinary Science students to confirm their Q fever inoculation. You will receive an email about this service early in your first semester. While you do not have to participate in this program, you still must confirm your inoculation to Q fever through other means. The standard evidence of Q fever inoculation is via a student's inoculation status being recorded on the Q Fever Register - www.qfever.org