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July 27, 2013

State offers potassium iodide tablets

NEW CASTLE — The state health department will provide free potassium iodide tablets Aug. 8 to Pennsylvanians who are near nuclear power plants.

That includes the Beaver Valley nuclear power plant in Shippingport.

The tablets will be provided to individuals who live, work or attend school within a 10-mile radius of one of the state’s five nuclear power plants.

Potassium iodide, or KI, can help protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine when taken as directed during radiological emergencies. Individuals should take KI only 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, the health department said. They are safe for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding, people on thyroid medicine, children and infants.

KI tablets also are available throughout the year at county and municipal health departments or state health centers.

More information is available at www.health.state.pa.us or by calling (877) 724-3258.

KI tablets will be available between 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at the distribution sites below in Pennsylvania. No appointments are necessary:

•Beaver County Emergency Services, 351 14th St., Ambridge

•Center at the Mall, 284 Beaver Valley Mall Blvd., Monaca

•Primary Health Network, 1302 Seventh Ave., Beaver Falls.

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