Q-fever vaccination is compulsory to enable you to participate in the practical components of the Veterinary Science, Animal Science, Equine Science and Veterinary Technology. Students will be advised of the timing of the Q fever vaccination program available through the university.
Tetanus vaccination is also essential and should be kept up to date at all times. See clause 5.2 in the Fac. Science Immunisation policy. Please make your own arrangements.
If you have current vaccination records or have immunity, documentation to that effect is required to be sighted and recorded by the School's administration staff.
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Q fever is an occupational hazard to veterinarians and others involved with livestock. It is caused by Coxiella burnetii, a rickettsial organism, which infects a variety of domestic and wild animals (especially cattle, sheep, goats, macropods and bandicoots). Infected animals are often symptomless but are important sources of infection for people, as high numbers of the organism are shed in urine, faeces, milk and in the products of parturition. Direct contact by inhalation is the commonest route of infection in man. In people the disease can be severe and debilitating but is rarely fatal. Clinically it is similar to influenza (muscle pains, severe headache and high fever) and is usually rapidly self-limiting but it can also be recurrent (Q fever fatigue syndrome) or result in pneumonia, liver or heart problems.
Q-fever vaccination is compulsory to enable you to participate in the practical components of your course. If you have previously been vaccinated or have immunity, documentation to that effect is required to be sighted and recorded by the School's administration staff.
The University's Q Fever Immunisation Program will be held in two clinics with two visits one week apart. These are held in March/April and details and appointments are provided during one of the compulsory School Information Sessions during Orientation by the Administration staff.