There is much concern and confusion in our communities regarding the risk of radiation exposure in the Pacific NW and the possible need to begin taking potassium iodide/iodine to lessen the risk of developing future health problems due to radiation exposure. We have been informed by our federal and state Public Health experts that it is highly unlikely that Oregon citizens will be at risk for radiation exposure from the Japanese nuclear reactor malfunctions and the only people who should take potassium iodide/iodine are those that are within a few miles of the nuclear site. They have also warned us that potassium iodide/iodine can present health risks to pregnant women, women who are nursing and people with diabetes.
We encourage you to share this information with your staff/employees, community partners, family, friends, etc.
Anne Parrott, M.S.
Coordinator: Public Health Preparedness
Columbia County Medical Reserve Corps
Columbia County Push Partner Registry
Columbia County SNS
Columbia Health District - Public Health Authority
Office: 503-397-4651 x2022