. - 53 children across the U.S. have died from the flu so far this season -- including two here in Alabama.
The latest is 12-year-old Aaron Masterson of Huntsville.
The numbers are higher than seen in recent years.
And that understandably, has some parents upset.
Dr. Scott James, an infectious diseases doctor at Children's of Alabama says parents shouldn't be afraid, but they should be aware.
He says one reason for the high numbers may be because there is more flu out in the community this year.
Still, he says that for most healthy children, the flu will be a mild illness.
However, there are some high risk categories parents should be aware of.
That includes those who are under the age of five, and especially under the age of two.
Also those with underlying or chronic health conditions are at greater risk of developing complications.
"I think it's just a good reminder that flu is a serious illness that has potential side effects that we should be aware of and complications that can get very serious very fast," says James.