Distri­bu­tion of KI pills sched­uled for Aug. 24

The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Dig­i­tal First Me­dia staff

As part of its an­nual distri­bu­tion to re­place ex­pired potas­sium io­dide, or KI tablets, the Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Health will of­fer free tablets on Thurs­day, Aug. 24, to Penn­syl­va­ni­ans who live or work within 10 miles of the state’s five nu­clear power plants.

Those pick­ing up tablets will re­ceive spe­cific in­struc­tions on site from com­mu­nity health nurses on how many pills they should re­ceive.

KI tablets will be dis­trib­uted be­tween 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. un­less oth­er­wise noted on Aug. 24 at the lo­ca­tions be­low. No ap­point­ments are nec­es­sary.

• Kim­ber­ton Fire Hall, 2276 Kim­ber­ton Road, Phoenixville

• Key­stone Steam Fire Com­pany, 240 North Wal­nut St., Boy­er­town

•Mont­gomery County Health Depart­ment (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Pottstown Health Cen­ter, 364 King St., Pottstown.

“Potas­sium io­dide is an im­por­tant part of emer­gency pre­pared­ness for res­i­dents who live or work within 10 miles of a nu­clear fa­cil­ity in the case of an ra­di­o­log­i­cal emer­gency,” said Rachel Levine, Penn­syl­va­nia’s act­ing sec­re­tary of health and

physi­cian gen­eral.

“It can help pro­tect the thy­roid gland against harm­ful ra­dioac­tive io­dine and is safe for preg­nant women, chil­dren and in­fants. It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber potas­sium io­dide should only be taken when told to do so by state health of­fi­cials or the gover-

nor, and is not a sub­sti­tute for evac­u­a­tion in the case of an emer­gency at our nu­clear fa­cil­i­ties,” Levine said.

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 med­i­ca­tion, chil­dren and in­fants. In­di­vid­u­als who are un­sure if they should take potas­sium io­dide should ask a health care provider.

In­di­vid­u­als can get KI

tablets for other fam­ily mem­bers or those who are un­able to get it on their own. Direc­tions de­tail­ing when to take the tablets and howto store it are pro­vided with the KI, and Depart­ment of Health staff will be avail­able to as­sist those with ques­tions.

School dis­tricts and employers within the 10-mile ra­dius can make ar­range­ments with the Depart­ment of Health to ob­tain their sup­ply of tablets.

The Depart­ment of Health also has KI tablets avail­able year-round at county and mu­nic­i­pal health de­part­ments or state health cen­ters for in­di­vid­u­als who live or work near a power plant.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on KI tablets and nu­clear power plant safety can be found on the Depart­ment of Health’s web­site at www. health.pa.gov or fol­low us on Face­book and Twit­ter.

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