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Who is at risk of catching the measles virus?

Page last updated 23 March 2020

Anybody who has not been vaccinated against the measles virus, nor has natural immunity, is at risk of catching the virus and becoming ill.


In addition to this, people at higher risk of catching the measles virus include:

  • People with weakened immune systems, such people receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy, or people who take high-dose steroids, even if they have been fully immunised or have had measles infection.
  • People who are travelling overseas from Australia and have not been vaccinated or do not have natural immunity.

Sources & Citations

  1. World Health Organisation. Measles. Available at (accessed 10 March 2020).
  1. NSW Government. Measles Fact Sheet. Available at: (accessed 10 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0133(2)a - Date of preparation March 2020