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Notice given 9 March 2006

1611  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) How many Australians contract Q fever every year.

(2) Can the Government confirm the findings of recent research that farmers are at high-risk of contracting Q fever.  

(3) How many people are vaccinated against Q fever annually.


 (4) Is the Government ceasing its subsidy for Q fever vaccination; if so: (a) how much will this increase the cost of vaccination; and (b) has the Government done any modelling of the impact this will have on the prevalence of Q fever vaccination; if not, why not; if so, can the results be provided.

(5) Does the Government consider that the rate of Q fever vaccination will decrease if the subsidy is removed.