A multi-agency workgroup has developed extensive plans to distribute KI and educate the public about its protective limitations. Many people misunderstand what KI tablets can and cannot do.
- KI is NOT an anti-radiation pill. It protects only the thyroid gland in a person's throat from only one form of radiation identified as iodine-131. Individuals are still susceptible to possible exposure to other forms of radiation.
- KI is NOT a substitute for evacuation. Evacuation remains the most effective mitigating action in a radiological emergency.
- KI should only be taken when directed to do so by emergency officials
KI is generally safe, however, it can cause health problems for individuals with existing thyroid conditions or allergies to iodine or shellfish. Anyone considering use of KI should consult his or her health care provider.
The communities within NH's two EPZs are listed below:
|Seabrook Station||Vermont Yankee|
DPHS will make KI pills available to people who live or work in the EPZs until the NH supply is distributed or the five year shelf life is reached.
To receive KI, a person must fill out and submit a simple application form . The form is available from two sources:
- the Portsmouth DHHS District Office or the Keene DHHS District Office; and
- this Web site.
Also, see the Distribution Guidelines for Institutions Requesting Potassium Iodide (KI).
KI tablets can be purchased without a prescription at some local pharmacies as well as from the following companies:
- Anbex (866) 463-6754
- Major Surplus & Survival (800) 441-8855
- Nitro-Pak Preparedness Center (800) 804-4147
- NukePills (866) 283-3986
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