We couldn't handle it very well if it became a worldwide epidemic tomorrow, but "We're so much better off now than we were six months ago, a year ago" says Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.
Speaking of preparedness: Have you had your flu shot?
If you are over 65, if anyone in your family has medical conditions that would make a flu shot a good idea, or if you just don't like unnecessary suffering -- get one. It's quick and very inexpensive. The flu kills over 30,000 Americans every year, most of whom are 65 or older.
The pneumonia vaccine is also a very good idea, and it is also quick and easy. You won't even need to update it every year.
Getting a vaccine is much easier and quicker than other things we routinely do for good health like taking vitamins every day and visiting the dentist, and it can literally save your life.