Today has been declared a high risk for thunderstorm asthma for the south west.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton, has warned that high grass pollen levels combined with high winds nd the risk of thunderstorms are the reason behind the warning.

Health and emergency services are monitoring the situation and are ready to respond.

People with asthma or hay fever, or who experience wheezing, breathlessness, a feeling of tightness in the chest or a persistent cough, should have their reliever medication with them at all times today; and avoid the wind gusts before the storm, by going inside and closing your windows and doors.

If you have asthma or hay fever, you should review the asthma first aid steps.

Call triple zero (000) immediately if someone is not breathing, if their asthma suddenly becomes worse or is not improving, or if the person is having an asthma attack and a reliever puffer is not available.

For up-to-date information visit the VicEmergency website or download the VicEmergency App.

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Author: Dev