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Outdoor Safety

Can’t wait to work on your garden, go camping, sit by the pool or study outside? Whatever your pleasure, being outdoors can carry certain risks.

The Vaccines411 team has compiled some tips and resources to help you and your family to stay healthy while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Learning more about the risks can help you stay safe.

Prevention is key!

Areas of Risk:


Tetanus (also known as lockjaw) is a bacterial infection that causes muscle spasms.

Find out more in our article on Zika & Tetanus or visit the Government of Canada’s info page.


Rabies is a serious, potentially fatal, disease.

Visit our rabies resource page to learn more!


Lyme disease is an infectious disease spread through the bite of infected ticks.

Read more about it on our Lyme disease resource page!


Mosquitoes might seem tiny and harmless compared to us, but these little insects are among the most dangerous animals in the world.

Learn more on our mosquito resource page.

Featured Resources:

  • Health tips this summer Government of Quebec
    Find all the tips and tricks here and read about sunburn, oppressive heat, bathing waters, toxic and allergenic plants, bed bugs, diseases transmitted by mosquito bites and Lyme disease.
  • Tetanus CDC
    Tetanus is uncommon but very serious disease caused by exposure of bacteria found in the environment. Find all the information about tetanus and how to prevent them!
  • Lyme Basics Canada Lyme Disease Foundation
    Lyme disease is on the rise in Canada. Decrease your risk of infection by taking preventative action and learning more about Lyme.
  • Tick Identification Guide Tick Encounter
    How to spot a tick? Tick Encounter receives tick pictures from people across the country. Learn more about what characteristics to look for when it comes to ticks.
  • Mosquito-borne diseases WHO
    If you’re planning on staying outdoors during spring, you are at risk of at getting mosquito-borne diseases. Learn more about all the mosquito-borne diseases by visiting this page!
  • Fact Sheet: Rabies WHO
    Rabies is an infectious viral disease that is almost always fatal. In up to 99% of cases, domestic dogs are responsible for rabies virus transmission to humans. It is spread to people through bites or scratches, usually via saliva. Visit this page to look more!
  • When should I seek medical attention? CDC
    If you’ve been in contact with any wildlife or unfamiliar animals or been bitten by one, it is best to seek medical attention. To learn more, visit this page.
  • Sun: Protecting your child's skin About Kids Health
    Learn how choosing the correct sunscreen and wearing proper clothing can help to protect your child’s skin.
  • Heat-related illness: How to prevent About Kids Health 
    Learn how to prevent, recognize and treat dehydration and other heat-related illnesses in children.
  • Insect bites About Kids Health 
  • Map shows the spread of blacklegged ticks across Canada Canadian Geographic
    Blacklegged ticks are spreading across Canada - and they’re bringing Lyme disease with them


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This page of resources is a work in progress. If you wish to propose a resource link which should be included on this page, please contact us at ac.114seniccav@troppus.

This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.