Distribution of iodine tablets

In a nuclear emergency, people can be exposed to radioactive iodine. Taking iodine tablets stops the thyroid gland from absorbing this dangerous substance, but only if the tablets are taken without delay. The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport has decided that people who would be at risk if there is a nuclear accident should always have iodine tablets available. That’s why it will be distributing iodine tablets in October 2017. This way, people at risk will be better prepared for a possible nuclear incident.

Definitions

  • Preventive iodine treatment: taking iodine tablets immediately before exposure to radiation, to minimise the absorption of radioactive iodine by the thyroid gland.
  • Predistribution: issuing iodine tablets to people in the target groups when there is no immediate threat of a nuclear incident.
  • Emergency distribution: issuing iodine tablets to people who do not yet have them when there is an imminent threat of a nuclear emergency.
  • Target groups: people who would benefit from the protective effect of iodine tablets.