Fever is the body’s response to an infection. How high the fever is does not indicate how serious the infection is. In other words, often times high fevers are caused by viral infection and lower to mid range fevers may occur with more serious infections such as pneumonia. It is important to recognize that the fever is not the illness, it is just a sign that there is an infection. Treating the fever does not treat the infection.
If you are concerned about the person with the fever, you should either call their physician or come in to the clinic to be checked. If it is a baby younger than 3 months, you should call the doctor immediately.