An Arlington Heights middle school has been rocked by the recent flu epidemic. 

WREX -  A child has died from the disease in Chicago as one suburban school district is battling a severe outbreak.

15% of the students at South Middle School in Arlington Heights stayed home Wednesday, and officials sent 23 more home during the day.

The school has hired extra cleaning crews to try and disinfect the school.

The weather might be warming up (allegedly) but the brunt of flu season is here. The story also states that this is one of the worst Februarys in recent memory.

While two Illinois adults have passed from the flu this season, it is the first pediatric death.

It's not too late to get your flu shot. Better safe than sorry.