Tablets protect thyroid in a radiological emergency
POTTSTOWN PA – Free potassium iodide (also known by its chemical compund name, “KI”) tablets, intended when ingested to protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine that may be released during a radiological emergency, are being distributed today (Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018) at locations in Pottstown, Boyertown, and Phoenixville to anyone who lives, works or attends school within a 10-mile radius of Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health said the medicine will be available without appointment:
- From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pottstown Health Center, 364 King St., Pottstown (above);
- From 2-7 p.m. at the Keystone Fire Company, 240 N. Walnut St., Boyertown; and
- From 1-7 p.m. at Kimberton Fire Company, 2276 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville.
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, the department said.
Individuals can pick up KI tablets for other family members, or those who are unable to get it on their own. Directions explaining when to take KI tablets and how to store them are provided with the packages. Department of Health staff members also will be available to answer questions.
Tablets will be provided to each person, adult or child, as a two-day supply. Individuals can pick up tablets for other family members or those who are unable to pick them up on their own. Directions on how to store the tablets, and when to take them, will also be provided as the tablets are dispensed.
Lower Pottsgrove hopes for some place closer
SANATOGA PA – If the state Health Department distributes potassium iodide tablets during 2019, as it has annually for many years, the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners hopes it will consider a location within the township as a pick-up site for the medicine.
Board President Bruce Foltz said during the commissioners’ Monday (Aug. 6) meeting that while the county Health Department’s Pottstown office – one of three sites where distribution will occur – isn’t far from the township, he would have preferred the state to choose some place within Lower Pottsgrove’s borders. “After all, we’re among those closest” to Limerick Generating Station, Foltz said of township residents.
He urged fellow commissioner and Emergency Management Coordinator Ray Lopez and his assistant, Eric Linsenbigler, to ask Pennsylvania health officials to add a township site to its list for next year. “We certainly can do that,” Lopez responded, but noted the township had made similar requests in earlier years that went unheeded.
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