In the event of a nuclear accident or attack, the supply of iodine in Spain would be guaranteed and the action protocol would work as follows.
The beginning of spring would be set for March 20 of this year and with it would come one of the most desired changes of seasons by almost everyone. This season is characterized by an increase in temperatures, the trees re-populate with leaves and, above all, everything fills with color.
The spring that many expect is typical of each year, but with 2022 being a year of tension, the one that will arrive may be the nuclear spring. The situation in Europe seems to be escalating by the minute, causing citizens to start wondering what would happen in the event of a nuclear threat.
Being concerned about a situation of this caliber in Spain, several organizations have been forced to remind the population that there are action protocols in these cases. And, it is that, all the doubts hang over the reserves of iodine. This mineral acts in protecting the thyroid from radioactive iodine that is released in the event of a nuclear accident..
And, it is that, when radioactive iodine is released into the atmosphere it increases the risk of exposed users developing thyroid cancer. That is why it is vitally important to have this mineral to counteract, as far as possible, the radioactive iodine emitted in a nuclear accident.
Being such a useful and necessary mineral in those situations, the Council of the College of Pharmacists has ensured that the Government has an action plan in the event that it is necessary to distribute iodine due to nuclear alert. Thus trying to reassure users who may have been concerned.
Taking into account the protocol of national agencies, the first to take iodine supplements would be newborns. After the babies would go the infants, adolescents up to 18 years old, pregnant and lactating mothers. Adults between the ages of 19 and 40 would be next.
Starting from this, the last would be those over 40 years of age. Regarding the doses and quantities, no specific data have been given, but the doses would be different depending on each age group and all of them would be administered in the first six hours after exposure to radioactivity.
It is unlikely that a nuclear accident will occur that will put Spain’s contingency plans into operation, but it never hurts to know that everything is planned for a possible disaster of this magnitude. Of course, it is best to try to be positive and not think about what can happen in the event of a nuclear attack.