(HealthDay News) -- More than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Here are the agency's suggestions for keeping a family member's name off the list:

  • If you're shopping for a family dog, choose a breed that's known for being good with children.
  • Don't adopt a dog with a history of aggression or biting.
  • If your child is nervous about a new dog, don't push the relationship.
  • Don't leave infants or young children alone with a dog in the room.
  • Avoid rough play with any dog.
  • Do not approach an unfamiliar dog. If such a dog approaches you, don't run away. Try to remain motionless.
  • Avoid direct eye contact with any dog.
  • Avoid dogs that are eating, sleeping, or caring for puppies.