The Department of Health will provide free potassium iodide tablets on Thursday, November 20, to those who live, work or attend school within a 10-mile radius of the Beaver Valley Power Station nuclear power plant and currently have tablets with a December 2014 expiration date, according to Senator Elder Vogel.
Potassium iodide, or KI, can help protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine when taken as directed during radiological emergencies. The tablets will be available between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the following local distribution sites:
- Beaver County Emergency Services, 351 14th St., Ambridge.
- Center at the Mall, 284 Beaver Valley Mall Blvd., Monaca.
“I encourage everyone who has expiring tablets to pick up these replacement KI doses,” said Senator Vogel. “Again, I want to stress that this is just a precautionary measure, much like a having a first aid kit or the supplies that most people put aside in the event of a storm emergency. Hopefully you will never need them, but it is essential that they are there if you do.”
No appointments are required and each adult will receive four 65-milligram tablets. Children will be provided 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.
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.
Directions detailing when to take the tablets and how to store them will be provided with the KI. KI tablets are also available throughout the year at county and municipal health departments or state health centers. For more information, visit www.health.state.pa.us or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (877-724-3258).
CONTACT: Joe Weidner (724) 774-0444