POTTSTOWN PA – Free potassium iodide tablets, intended when ingested to protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine that may be released during a radiological emergency, will be distributed Thursday (Aug. 24, 2017) from locations in Pottstown, Boyertown, and Phoenixville to anyone who lives, works or attends school within a 10-mile radius of Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station.
The Montgomery County Health Department said the medicine will be available Thursday without appointment:
- From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pottstown Health Center, 364 King St., Pottstown;
- From 2-7 p.m. at the Keystone Fire Company, 240 N. Walnut St., Boyertown; and
- From 2-7 p.m. at Kimberton Fire Company, located at the intersection of Pike Springs Road and Firehouse
Those interested in obtaining tablets should complete an online form in advance that the county said will speed the process; find it here. Tablets can also be picked up daily, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pottstown Health Center. Call 610-970-5040 for more information.
Tablets will be provided to each person, adult or child, as a two-day supply. Individuals can pick up tablets for other family members or those who are unable to pick them up on their own. Directions on how to store the tablets, and when to take them, will also be provided as the tablets are dispensed.
Because not all radiological releases involve radioactive iodine, no one should take the tablets unless specifically directed to do so by health officials or the governor, the department added.
Anyone can take the tablets unless allergic to them. They are safe for pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding, people on thyroid medicine, children and infants. Individuals who are unsure if they should take potassium iodide should ask a health care provider.
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