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Potassium iodide tablets being given out 8/9

Potassium iodide tablets being given out 8/9

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health is providing free potassium iodide tablets on Thursday, Aug. 9, to help Pennsylvanians be prepared for public health emergencies involving nuclear facilities.

Pennsylvanians who live, work or attend school within a 10-mile radius of one of the state’s five nuclear power plants can get the free tablets.

Taken as directed during a radiological emergency, the tablets can help protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine.

Individuals should only take the  tablets when directed to do so by state health officials or the governor.

Four 65-milligram tablets will be provided to each adult. Smaller doses will be provided for children, based on their age.

Individuals can pick up the 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 also be provided at each location.

For Montgomery County, the closest nuclear facility is the Limerick Generating Station. Residents can pick up their tablets Aug. 9 at Kimberton Fire Company, 61 Firehouse Lane, Phoenixville, PA 19460, or Pottstown Health Center, 364 King St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

The hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

For information, visit: www.health.state.pa.us or call 877-724-3258.

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