Flu is believed to be a contributing factor in two recent Saskatchewan deaths — and more can be expected in the weeks ahead, health officials say. 

The province's medical health officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, told reporters Friday that the flu season started late due to mild weather, but it's here now and the numbers have been increasing in recent days.

In addition to the two deaths, there were 10 people with flu admitted to intensive care wards, Shahab said.

It's expected there will be more deaths and ICU admissions in the next four to six weeks, he said.

The strain of flu circulating this year is H1N1. A flu shot is one way people can protect themselves, health officials say.