DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A third child has now died from the flu in Alabama.

New numbers just released that more than a dozen people overall have now died from the flu here in the state.

In addition, the most recent influenza weekly report shows flu activity back on a rise with a new percentage of around eight percent. That’s about one percent higher than it was last week.

Here in our area, the southeastern district shows a sign of progress. We are now last in the state sitting at six percent which medical experts say shows more people are getting vaccinated and reducing the spread.

However, the flu death toll is rising, there have been 13 deaths and three of those have been among small children.

Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health says it’s devastating to see kids die from this illness when there are measures to prevent it.

“We absolutely need to do all we can to reduce influenza in Alabama and I think we should do all we can such as taking the vaccine.”

Dr. Landers says you should also make sure to practice good hygiene, and if you’re sick, stay home because she’s expecting another surge as we head deeper into the winter season.

She also recommends getting your flu shot if you haven’t already.