This year's flu outbreak is putting pressure on the city's intensive care units.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority said every year's flu strain is different.

This year, Manitoba has been hard-hit with an outbreak of influenza A.

The WRHA said it's hitting young people the hardest and they're ending up in intensive care instead of the emergency room.

The health authority said it opened extra ICU beds to meet demand, however, emergency rooms have seen lower numbers than last year.

"Smaller numbers than we've seen in previous years, but what is different is that many of these individuals have required admission to hospital and admission to our intensive care units," said Lori Lamont of the WRHA.

Her advice to avoid spreading the illness is to get the flu shot, wash your hands and stay home if you're sick.