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Who is at risk of catching the measles virus?

Page last updated 19 January 2022

Anyone who has not been vaccinated against the measles virus, and doesn't have 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. Australian Government Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Measles. Available at: (accessed December 2021).

2. NSW Government. Measles Fact Sheet. Available at: (accessed December 2021).


MAT-AU-2102479  Date of preparation January 2022