Potassium Iodide Tabs Ready For Distribution

POTTSTOWN PA – Free potassium iodide or “KI” tablets, which help protect the human thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine that may be dispersed during radiological emergencies such as an incident at a nuclear power plant, will be distributed Aug. 6 (2015; Thursday) in Pottstown and Boyertown locations, the state Department of Health announced.

Tablets will be issued from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pottstown Health Center, 364 King St., Pottstown; and from 2-7 p.m. at the Keystone Fire Company, 240 N. Walnut St., Boyertown. They are being offered to Pennsylvanians who live or work within 10 miles of one of the state’s five nuclear power plants. They include the Exelon nuclear generating station in Limerick.

Each adult will receive four 65-milligram tablets. Children will be given smaller doses based on their age. Individuals can pick up tablets for other family members or those who are unable to pick them up on their own. Directions detailing when to take the tablets and how to store them will be provided with the KI. Health department personnel will be on site to answer questions.

KI can be taken by anyone as long as they are not allergic to it. It is safe for pregnant women and those 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.

Employers can contact the Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH to make arrangements to pick up tablets for their entire workforce.

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