Board Member, Frank Batavick, discusses how the 1918 Spanish influenza rapidly became a worldwide pandemic – beginning with his five-year old father’s personal experience. The Spanish flu was severe; more than 50 million people perished from the virus worldwide, making it deadlier than the number of causalities from World War I. Carroll County was not spared from the global health crisis. Frank examines how the virus impacted the people, schools and businesses in Carroll County and what measures were taken to keep the public safe.