AFV | SESSION | Thunderstorm asthma community education | Thursday 16 November 2017 | 7-8.30pm

[Edited extract from public address]

Epidemic thunderstorm asthma is the phenomenon where a large number of people develop asthma symptoms over a short period.

This is triggered by an uncommon combination of high pollen levels and a certain type of thunderstorm.

It’s important for everyone in the community to know what they can do to prepare for grass pollen season, particularly those most at risk of thunderstorm asthma.

In November 2016, a thunderstorm triggered an unprecedented thunderstorm asthma event in metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong. It caused significant demand on both Ambulance Victoria and hospital emergency departments — and sadly may have contributed to nine lives being lost.

In response to this event, Asthma Foundation Victoria will host a thunderstorm asthma community education session in Glen Eira.

The session will cover:
• What is thunderstorm asthma?
• Who is at risk of thunderstorm asthma?
• How to respond to a thunderstorm asthma event.
• Information on asthma and medications and how to perform asthma first aid.
• The link between asthma and hay fever.

Where: Duncan Mackinnon Reserve Pavilion, corner North and Murrumbeena Roads, Murrumbeena.

Cost: Free

Bookings: RSVP is essential. Book online through Eventbrite

For further information about thunderstorm asthma and how to protect yourself, visit www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au

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Asthma Foundation Victoria
Website: https://www.asthmaaustralia.org.au/vic/education-and-training/thunderstorm-asthma