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.

Health Tip

It’s time to get your yearly flu shot! The flu vaccine protects against numerous influenza viruses projected to be the most common during the upcoming flu season. Protect yourself and those around you; come in and get yours today!