People living in the Ovens Murray Public Health Unit (OM PHU) catchment are being urged to prepare for the upcoming thunderstorm asthma season.

The coming months are expected to see high grass pollen counts due to the recent rainfall.

Thunderstorm asthma is thought to be triggered by a unique combination of high amounts of grass pollen in the air and a certain type of thunderstorm, particularly during the grass pollen season between October and December.

With the high number of farming crops, grasses and flowers, the risk across the catchment of a thunderstorm asthma event is high.

Be prepared if you know you are at risk and know what you can do to protect yourself and those in your care when a thunderstorm asthma event is forecast.

Talk to a GP about making or updating an asthma action plan.

Ensure you carry your asthma reliever medication and know of the signs of an asthma attack.

When a storm is approaching, go inside and ensure doors and windows are closed and seek medical assistance when needed.

You can download a fact sheet about thunderstorm asthma.

For more information, go to https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/thunderstorm-asthma