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Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

In 2015, Sedgwick County reports 14 pertussis cases in which the disease investigation is complete. One suspect case in February is linked to a previously reported January case at a Wichita school. Both students were involved in the same activity. Prior to the new suspect case, none of the 2015 cases had been linked together. Cases are reported according to the year in which the person became ill.

The Health Department takes all reports of pertussis and other reportable diseases seriously. Our goal is to stop the spread of disease and protect the health of Sedgwick County residents.

You can find statewide data for reportable diseases here.

Sedgwick County Pertussis Cases

Fight the Flu!

Influenza (flu) is here in Sedgwick County. Hospitals in Wichita have confirmed cases of flu, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports an increased number of people in Kansas seeing their medical providers for flu-like symptoms.

Fight the flu! Everyone should receive a flu shot each year, and this year is no different. Although the main strain of flu virus causing illness this winter is not a good match to the vaccine, vaccination is still important. Flu shots protect you from other flu strains present this season and can reduce hospitalizations and death.

You can prevent the spread of flu and safeguard yourself and your family with these simple steps:

  • Get a flu vaccination.
  • Wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer if soap and running water are not available.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Stay home if you become ill.
  • Take antiviral medications if you become ill and your doctor prescribes them.

The Sedgwick County Health Department began providing flu shots to the following groups on October 1:

  • Free flu shots to uninsured adults age 19 and older
  • Flu shots to uninsured children age 18 and younger, and children with state-sponsored insurance plans such as Medicaid, Amerigroup, UnitedHealthcare or Sunflower

Residents who qualify may visit the health department's clinic at 2716 W. Central in Wichita.

If you do not qualify for a free flu shot, please visit your primary care physician or neighborhood pharmacy to receive one. Flu shots are recommended for anyone older than 6 months, unless otherwise directed by a physician. It is important to get a flu shot every year, as the most prevalent flu strain(s) is usually different from year to year. Flu shots protect the person receiving it, as well as others who are not able to receive this type of vaccination.

Influenza Fact Sheet


In light of international Ebola events and growing concern about the presence of Ebola in the United States, Sedgwick County public health officials and our partners—emergency responders, health care professionals, United Way 2-1-1, and more—are meeting regularly about community preparedness should a potential case of Ebola arise in Sedgwick County. Read through the following resources to learn more about Ebola:

Ebola Fact Sheet

Am I At Risk?
Ebola is a rare disease and is only transmitted by direct contact with an infected person’s blood or bodily fluids. Symptoms of Ebola include: fever, headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and unexplained bleeding or bruising. Only people who are exhibiting these symptoms AND meet one of the following criteria are at risk for having Ebola:

    1. Have recently traveled to an affected area in Africa
    2. Have had directed contact with a person who exhibiting Ebola symptoms and has recently traveled to Africa.

For statewide information and guidance on Ebola, visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website.

Ebola information from KDHE

For national information and guidance on Ebola, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Ebola information from the CDC

Notifiable Disease Investigations

Week ending January 17, 2014 through week ending February 28, 2015

Notifiable Diseases Graph by Category

Read about the epidemiology (disease investigation) program at the Sedgwick County Health Department

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