The flu season is approaching and on Tuesday President Obama recommended that all Americans get vaccinated for the swine flu.
"We are making steady progress on making a safe and effective H1N1 vaccine and we expect a flu shot program will begin soon," Obama said in a news conference from the White House Rose Garden. "This program will be completely voluntary but will be strongly recommended."
Top health and security officials including Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Homeland Security Janet Napolitano briefed the president Tuesday on the latest preparations to combat an outbreak.
"I don't want anybody to be alarmed," Obama added. "But I do want everyone to be prepared."
The Federal government is expecting a rise in cases of the virus as schools and colleges start back up this month.
A vaccine is currently being tested and produced but will not likely be ready until mid-October.
A recent White House report predicted half of the U.S. population could be infected by the H1N1 virus. But the Centers for Disease Control said that figure is too high.