Influenza-associated pediatric deaths are required to be reported to the health department, but the department can not discuss the specifics of individual cases.
An additional 28 flu-linked deaths were reported to the state in the span of about seven days, bringing the death toll this season to 122 as of Monday, which made the current flu season deadlier than any since 2000, when the state began closely tracking such deaths.
"We don't really have a good way of predicting when the next influenza pandemic will come along", says Yonatan Grad, a professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard's School of Public Health.
Aside from washing your hands consistently, covering your mouth when you cough and avoiding those who are sick, the FDA says the flu shot is still the best way to lower your risk of getting sick and spreading the virus to others.
With 122 flu deaths so far this season, mostly among the elderly and with two of the victims being children, health advocates are doubling down on efforts to inform the public on the importance of the flu shot. The virus can cause severe flu infections in children, as well as in young and middle-aged adults.
Tragically, the flu has killed more than 50 children this season and hospitalized other several thousands kids.
The dominant H3N2 strain, dubbed the "Aussie flu", has been wreaking havoc this year and the flu vaccine is only 34 percent effective against this particular strain.
Because of the severity of this flu season, doctors have been sharing their knowledge and expertise on how to prevent colds and the flu.
Holland's death comes as acting CDC director Dr. Anne Schuchat declared this year's flu season to be the worst since the 2009 Swine Flu outbreak.
Stay home from work, school, running errands, and visiting friends or relatives when you are sick - especially those who are in hospitals or nursing homes. For most people, it's unpleasant but not life-threatening. People experiencing flu-like symptoms should call their health care provider if they have severe symptoms, trouble breathing, are pregnant, or have chronic health conditions such as lung or heart disease or diabetes.
Officials of Aurora, Illinois, close a Catholic school, while those of Atlanta, Georgia, and NY recommended citizens to wear masks, to use germicide sprays to clean their hands and to avoid crowdy spaces.
Throughout this flu season, north Alabama has been one of the hardest hit areas. Most hadn't gotten a flu shot.
The flu is primarily spread by person to person contact via coughing or sneezing.