I suppose they're not exactly silly, but I can't help but think how lame most of these recommendations you read about responding to animal attacks are. We've seen it earlier on with mountain lion attacks, now we're seeing it with rabid fox attacks.
First they try to tell you how to avoid the attack. That's not too bad in and of itself. It's always best to avoid the confrontation to begin with. But, when that doesn't work, they tell you to fight back as best you can once the animal attacks you.
Are we missing something here? Seems to me it makes the most sense to just shoot the damned animal, assuming you have a gun. If you don't have a gun, maybe you should buy one (while you still can) to defend yourself in the future.
Let's stop being such sissies in dealing with attacking animals.