Those at higher risk of flu complications include children under five, pregnant women, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.
Ottawa, in contrast, was seeing a lower rate of influenza overall and among children than the national rates as of the end of the year (the most recent numbers).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 80,000 people died nationally, including 180 children, during last year's flu season.
Officials urge residents to get flu shots and stay home if sick. The 2017-2018 flu season killed the most people since the late 1970s, the CDC also said at the time.
The flu season started earlier this year and Saskatchewan's chief medical officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said it has peaked.
Last season at that point, 11,275 cases of lab-confirmed flu had been reported.
The timing of seasonal flu outbreaks vary and can begin as early as late October. Flu activity tends to peak between December and February but can last as late as May.
"While most people will get better themselves from flu, anyone who is concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out of hours medical service so they can arrange to be treated in a way that does not put others at risk", he explained. These tests are rapid, like the name suggests but depending on the actual strain of the virus going around they can have varying success in properly identifying the flu. According to national figures, almost half of all flu-related hospitalizations across Canada early in the season were among children and youth.
That also goes for healthy adults who are in close contact with people in those groups or with babies under six months of age who are too young to be inoculated against influenza, she said.
"So we would like everybody who's eligible to get the vaccine", said Russell, noting that it takes about two weeks for antibodies induced by the shot to come into full effect.