HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Health will provide free potassium iodide, or KI, Thursday, Nov. 20, to Pennsylvanians who currently have tablets with a December 2014 expiration date who live within 10-miles of one of the state's five nuclear power plants. The department will properly dispose of expired KI that residents bring with them to the distribution sites.
KI can help protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine when taken as directed during radiological emergencies. Individuals should only take KI when told to do so by state health officials or the governor.
Each adult will receive four 65-milligram tablets. Children will be given smaller doses based on their age. Individuals can pick up KI 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.
Anyone can take the tablets as long as they are not allergic to KI. They are safe for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding, people on thyroid medicine, children and infants. Individuals who are unsure if they should take KI should ask a healthcare provider.
KI tablets are also available throughout the year at county and municipal health departments or state health centers.
Pennsylvania's five nuclear power plants are closely regulated, secure and well-maintained. The facilities are: Beaver Valley Power Station, Limerick Generating Station, Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Susquehanna Steam Electric Station and Three Mile Island Generating Station.
Additional KI tablets are set to expire in 2015. The department will provide an update early next year.
For more information, visit www.health.state.pa.us or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH
Media contact: Penny Ickes, 717-787-1783
Editor's Note: KI tablets will be available between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the distribution sites below in Pennsylvania. No appointments are necessary.
Beaver Valley Power Station
- Beaver County Emergency Services, 351 14th St., Ambridge
- Center at the Mall, 284 Beaver Valley Mall Blvd., Monaca
Limerick Generating Station
- Keystone Fire Company, 240 N. Walnut St., Boyertown
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station
- Peach Bottom Community Center, 5 Pendyrus St., Delta
- East Drumore Township Building, 925 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville
Susquehanna Steam Electric Station
- Berwick Fire Department, Reliance Hose Company #1, 501 W. Third St., Berwick
- Butler Township Community Center, 415 W. Butler Drive, Drums
- Luzerne County Community College, Public Safety Training Institute, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke
Three Mile Island Generating Station
- Fairview Township Fire Department, 340 Lewisberry Road, New Cumberland
- Hummelstown Fire Hall, 249 E. Main St., Hummelstown
- Lower Swatara Township Building, 1499 Spring Garden Dr., Middletown
- Manchester Township Municipal Building, 3200 Farmtrail Rd., York
The Montgomery County Health Department is also offering KI tablets at the following location from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 20:
Limerick Generating Station
- Pottstown Health Center, 364 King St., Pottstown
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health