Japan Earthquake and Radiation Risk
As a member of the Snohomish County Board of Health, I received a memo this morning from Dr. Gary Goldbaum, the Health Officer & Director for the Snohomish County Health District. The key phrase in Dr. Goldbaum's memo reads as follows:
"The most important message is that there is no health risk to Snohomish County residents at this time and so we do not recommend preventive measures such as oral potassium iodide."
Click here read the Goldbaum memo in its entirety
For more information about the current event & the use of potassium iodide and Prussian Blue:
CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: Radiation Emergencies http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/index.asp
FDA: Frequently Asked Questions on Potassium iodide (potassium iodide) http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/EmergencyPreparedness/BioterrorismandDrugPreparedness/ucm072265.htm
Guidance: Potassium iodide as a Thyroid Blocking Agent in Radiation Emergencies (FDA, 2001) http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/UCM080542.pdf
Washington State Department of Health
Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRC)
Snohomish County Councilman John Koster hosting blood drive on Wednesday (March 16th) in Arlington
Snohomish County Councilman John Koster plans to host a blood drive Wednesday for the Puget Sound Blood Center. "Blood bank supplies are typically lower in winter months," Koster said.
The drive is set for 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the first floor banquet room at the Medallion Hotel, 16710 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington.
For more information please contact Hannah Gustafson at 425-345-3762