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Children and Rabies

Children are at the greatest risk of being bitten by a dog, which puts them at risk for rabies. The most dog bite injuries occur in children five to nine years of age.

To help prevent children from being bitten by dogs, teach them the following basic safety tips and review them regularly:

  • do not approach an unfamiliar animal

  • do not run from a dog or scream

  • remain motionless (eg, "be still like a tree") when approached by an unfamiliar dog

  • if knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (eg, "be still like a log")

  • tell an adult about any stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behaviour

  • avoid direct eye contact with a dog

  • do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies

  • do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first

  • tell an adult right away if you are bitten

To learn more about rabies, call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577