Q fever is a bacterial infection that can cause a severe flu-like illness. For some people, Q fever can affect their health and ability to work for many years. The bacteria are spread from animals, mainly cattle, sheep and goats. Even people who do not have contact with animals may be infected.

A safe and effective vaccine is available to protect people who are at risk. Screening is required to identify who can be vaccinated.

Q fever awareness toolkit

Q fever is serious, but preventable. Help us to increase awareness with the Q fever awareness toolkit

Further information


Q fever fact sheet​


Q fever fact sheet for veterinary staff


Q fever and farms fact sheet
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Q fever vaccination fact sheet
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How to properly fit a P2 mask

For further information contact your local public health unit on 1300 066 055.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Page Updated: Thursday 22 March 2018
Contact page owner: Communicable Diseases