Asthma alert

January 11, 2018

Victoria’s chief health officer Professor Charles Guest said the end of grass pollen season did not mean people with asthma or hay fever should be complacent when it came to management and symptom control.

Victoria’s epidemic thunderstorm asthma forecasts will resume at the start of the Victorian grass pollen season on October 1.

‘‘We want everyone, especially people with asthma and hay fever, to be as prepared as they can all year round,’’ Prof Guest said.

‘‘Grass pollen season is over, but asthma symptoms may develop at any time, so make sure you have an up-to-date asthma action plan.’’

Victoria’s epidemic thunderstorm asthma forecasting system, one of the first in the world, was made possible by a State Government investment in partnerships with the Bureau of Meteorology, the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.

As part of a co-ordinated strategy to equip Victoria for a potential epidemic thunderstorm asthma event, the Victorian Government expanded the state’s grass pollen data collection sites with new pollen traps in Hamilton, Creswick, Bendigo, Dookie and Churchill, in addition to existing traps in Parkville, Burwood and Geelong.

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