News from the Reference Desk Category: Health

COVID-19 Vaccination Information Update

doctor holding vaccine vialThe topic of COVID-19 vaccination is a complex and rapidly changing one.  To better understand what vaccines are available and where to register for one, please consult the websites listed below.

General vaccine information compiled by the Mount Prospect Village can be seen here.

To learn general information about vaccines in the Cook County area please go to this site

Suburban Cook County residents can register to receive the vaccines by going to this site.

Residents of the City of Chicago can register for vaccines here.

The vaccine registration hotline for Cook County is 1-833-308-1988; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. 

If you are looking for vaccination locations, please go to this site prepared by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

On March 22, 2021 (in English) and March 29, 2021 (in Spanish), the Mount Prospect Public Library and the Village of Mount Prospect are co-hosting virtual presentations about the COVID-19 vaccines.  These programs are informational only and will focus on the vaccines themselves–which ones are available, how they work and what their effects may be.  If you would like to register for the English presentation, please go here.  If you would like to register for the Spanish presentation, please go here.

Vaccination Information

The topic of Covid-19 vaccinations is a challenging one. It is not yet known when vaccinations will be available for most residents of the Mount Prospect area.  Here is what we know so far:

  1. 1. The Cook County Department of Public is in charge of everything to do with vaccines in our area–how it is distributed, where and to whom.

2.  Further information as it becomes available can be found on the department’s website. Other ways to contact the department with questions or concerns are via Twitter #COVID19; by calling the new @CookCoHealth hotline at 708-836-4755 or by emailing the department at CCDPH.COVID19@cookcountyhhs.org.

Medicare Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for Medicare D (prescription drugs) begins October 15 and runs through December 7. Changes in premiums, co-pays, deductibles and drugs covered for all drug plans may change from year to year.  Assistance with the enrollment process is available through the Village. Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) volunteers and staff use a tool from the Medicare website to help participants determine which plan is best for the coming year. They will also assess whether participants are eligible for extra help with plan premiums and co-pays. To schedule an appointment to enroll or review current plans,  call 847/870-5680. There is limited availability for appointments so calling sooner than later is advised.

For additional guidance you may want to look at the Medigap Report from Weiss Ratings. This is an online resource to which the Library subscribes. The Report provides users with a lengthy, customized report outlining all of the various Medicare supplements including Part D. It also includes costs and ratings for each provider. You can access this resource here.

Coronavirus and Consumer Reports

consumer_reports_bannerThe Library subscribes to Consumer Reports. Besides being a great resources for reviews on products, it is also a good place to go to find out how to stay safe from coronavirus and the predators who seek to take advantage of you during this emergency. Current articles discuss phishing scams, misinformation in social media, and security issues with Zoom and other video conferencing apps. You can also research what is and is not effective for disinfecting your home (hint: use bleach, not tea tree oil).

New and Forthcoming Books – November 2019

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Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

New in Pop Culture

Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life book cover 35 Years of WrestleMania book cover Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir book coverThe Importance of Being Ernie (and Bert): A Best Friends' Guide to Life book cover

Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life by Rachael Ray; food photography by Christopher Testani

35 Years of WrestleMania by Brian Shields and Dean Miller

Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir by Adam Rippon

The Importance of Being Ernie (and Bert): A Best Friends’ Guide to Life

New in Spiritual

Saint Everywhere: Travels in Search of the Lady Saints book cover What are Biblical Values?: What the Bible Says on Key Ethical Issues book cover The Reluctant Witness: Discovering the Delight of Spiritual Conversations (Featuring Original Research from Barna) book cover

Saint Everywhere: Travels in Search of the Lady Saints by Mary Lea Carroll

What are Biblical Values?: What the Bible Says on Key Ethical Issues by John J. Collins

The Reluctant Witness: Discovering the Delight of Spiritual Conversations (Featuring Original Research from Barna) by Don Everts

New in Health Choices

BOSH! How to Live Vegan: Save the Planet and Feel Amazing book cover Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Boost Brain health, and Reverse Disease book cover Essential Well Being: A Modern Guide to Incorporating Essential Oils in Beauty, Body, and Home Rituals book cover

BOSH! How to Live Vegan: Save the Planet and Feel Amazing by Henry Firth & Ian Theasby

Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Boost Brain health, and Reverse Disease by Dr. Josh Axe

Essential Well Being: A Modern Guide to Incorporating Essential Oils in Beauty, Body, and Home Rituals by Sara Panton

New in Jane Austen

Austentatious: The Evolving World of Jane Austen Fans book cover The Lost Books of Jane Austen book cover Biographic Austen book coverCamp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan book cover

Austentatious: The Evolving World of Jane Austen Fans by Holly Luetkenhaus & Zoe Weinstein

The Lost Books of Jane Austen by Janine Barchas

Biographic Austen by Sophie Collins

Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan by Ted Scheinman