This year's vaccine covers the H1N1 influenza strain, the provincial health ministry says.

Influenza season is taking its toll in Saskatchewan.

The health ministry said some residents have been hospitalized because they are so sick.

And with the level of flu activity expected to increase in the new year, health officials are telling people to get their shots.

Across Canada, H1N1 is the predominant strain causing illness this flu season. This year's flu shots include protection against it.

Flu shots are strongly advised for people who are in certain high-risk groups.

  • They include people 65 and older.
  • residents of long-term care facilities.
  • people with severe obesity.
  • children under five.
  • pregnant women.

People can call HealthLine 811 or their health region for specific information. the health ministry says.