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Potassium iodide tablet giveaway set for TMI area

Posted 8/16/17

As part of its annual distribution to replace expired potassium iodide, or KI tablets, the Department of Health will offer free tablets on Thursday, Aug. 24, to Pennsylvanians who live or work within …

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Potassium iodide tablet giveaway set for TMI area

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As part of its annual distribution to replace expired potassium iodide, or KI tablets, the 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 and 7 p.m. at the locations below near Three Mile Island. No appointments are necessary.

• Middletown Borough Building, 60 W. Emaus St., Middletown.

• Fairview Township Fire Department, 340 Lewisberry Road, New Cumberland.

• Hummelstown Fire Hall, 249 E. Main St., Hummelstown.

• Manchester Township Municipal Building, 3200 Farmtrail Road, York.

• Masonic Villages — Salon 2, Freemasons Cultural Center, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown.

“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,” Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said in a press release. “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 governor, and is not a substitute for evacuation in the case of an emergency at our nuclear facilities.”

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 how to 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.

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