WICHITA, Kan. -- Sedgwick County is experiencing more cases of whooping cough this year, compared to last year.
According to the Sedgwick County Health Department, 91 cases have been reported since Dec. 12, 2012. From Dec. 12, 2011 to Dec. 12, 2012, there were 78 reported cases.
Whooping cough, or pertussis, can be miserable for those who contract it.
"Coughing, hacking, coughing, gagging; a little spitting up," Hannah Lindner said, describing her symptoms.
Hannah's symptoms were easy for her to describe, but they were far from easy on her or her mom, Kristen Lindner.
"The coughing fits were so horrible. I mean, it was like coughing up her toes," Kristen said. "It was so bad and she would just turn blue."
Hannah, who has been on a ventilator most of her life, was diagnosed with pertussis Oct. 28. She has yet to return to class at Wilbur Middle School.
"Even though I've recovered, my mom chooses not to send me to school because there are lots of kids with chicken pox and pertussis still going around," Hannah said.
Kristen said Hannah is still battling some complications as well. She urges parents to make sure their children are immunized against the disease and to double check that they have been.
"We thought that she was, but in further review of her file, that was one that was missed," she said.
Hannah is feeling much better and, for the most part, is ready to go back to school.
"I don't really want ot face that math again," she said.
Vaccinations against and information about pertussis are available at the Sedgwick County Health Department. For more information, call 316-660-7300.