Links to Health Services Available for the Crisis in Japan
There have been concerns expressed by students about radiation drifting from Japan to California. Numerous experts have advised that any radiation from Japan would be dissipated to levels lower than what is naturally found in nature. The Centers for Disease Control also have advised that residents should not take potassium iodide as prevention for radiation contamination. Besides being unnecessary, it could be deadly.
As a reminder, counseling services are available to all students in California who believe they have been emotionally affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. More information can be found at http://www.pacific.edu/Student-Life/Health-and-Recreation/Counseling-Services.html.
More about iodide and the CDC's warning can be found on the CDC's web page at http://emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/japan/ki.asp.
More about radiation reaching California can be found at http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1107/ML110720002.pdf and at the California Department of Public Health - http://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/RadiationFAQS2011.aspx.
Information about local health concerns can be found at:
The San Joaquin County Public Health Services - http://www.sjcphs.org/.
The Sacramento County Division of Public Health - http://www.sacdhhs.com/article.asp?ContentID=2203
The San Francisco Department of Public Health: http://www.sfdph.org/dph/comupg/aboutdph/newsMedia/emergency_notice.asp
Pacific will continue to post updates as necessary at http://emergency.pacific.edu.