Sunday, August 4, 2013

Just-in-Case Tablets

Blogger's Note: An announcement from the Montgomery County Health Department: 

The Montgomery County Health Department will be participating in the Pennsylvania Department of Health Annual Free Potassium Iodide distribution on Aug. 8

The health department will provide free potassium iodide tablets to Montgomery County residents who live, work, or attend schools within a 10-mile radius of the Limerick Generating Station on Thursday, Aug. 8,  from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pottstown Health Center, 364 King St., Pottstown. 

Residents can call the Pottstown Health Center at 610-970-5040 anytime of the year to inquire about the KI tablets.

Potassium iodide, or 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 a two day supply of KI (four 65 mg tablets). Children will be given smaller doses based on their age. 
Exelon Nuclear's Limerick Generating Station

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.

Businesses within a 10 mile radius can also pick up KI tablets for their employees. 

Unlike families, businesses are given a one day supply of KI (two 65 mg tablets). Businesses with over 100 employees are encouraged to call the Pottstown Health Center at 610-970-5040 to schedule a pick up time for their KI tablets.

Anyone can take the tablets as long as they are not allergic to iodine. They are safe for pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding, people on thyroid medicine, and children and infants. 

Individuals who are unsure if they should take KI should contact their healthcare provider.

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