Recent terrorist events have many people concerned about potential future attacks using radioactive
materials. Taking potassium iodide (KI) tablets after an incident involving radioactive materials may or
may not limit the risk of damage to a person's thyroid gland from ionizing radiation. The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has prepared this fact sheet to further explain when KI might be
appropriate and what people should consider before making a decision to take KI.
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