No current radiation threat in California from Japanese nuclear emergency
- According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), there is currently no danger to California residents from Japan's nuclear emergency.
- The California Department of Public Health and Napa Countyare monitoring the situation closely and will alert the public if recommendations change.
- Napa County Public Health does NOT recommend taking potassium iodide at this time. Potassium iodide can have serious side effects and should not be taken unless recommended.
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What are you doing to assess the risk?
Napa County Public Health and the California Department of Public Health are monitoring the situation closely in conjunction with State and federal partners.
Does California stockpile supplies for such an emergency?
- California does stockpile emergency supplies, including potassium iodide (KI) tablets. Potassium iodide tablets are useful in blocking some types of radiation in the thyroid.
- Potassium iodide tablets are NOTrecommended at this time, and can present a danger to people with allergies to iodine, shellfish or who have thyroid problems.
- Potassium iodide tablets should NOT be taken until/unless directed by authorities.
Should I be taking potassium iodide (KI) to protect myself?
- No. Potassium iodide (KI) tablets are NOT recommended at this time, and can present a danger to people with allergies to iodine, shellfish or who have thyroid problems.
- Dosages can vary and should only be taken as advised by a medical professional.