A Q fever vaccine is available in the United States. A different vaccine that originated in Australia has been studied more thoroughly, but it's not available in the U.S. You may want to consider vaccination if you're at high risk of developing Q fever complications and you work in an environment that may expose you to the disease.

Whether you're at high risk of Q fever or not, it's important to use only pasteurized milk and pasteurized milk products. Pasteurization is a process that kills bacteria.

July 24, 2014