Jefferson University Hospitals


A fever is a higher-than-normal body temperature and is a part of our body's natural response to infection. The average normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When your body's temperature rises a few degrees above normal, it is a sign that your body is fighting infection and is generally not cause for concern.

If you or someone you love has a fever, turn to Jefferson's Department of Family Medicine for an expert diagnosis and treatment of your fever.

However, if you or someone you are caring for is experiencing an extremely high fever, you can access immediate medical care at Jefferson's Department of Emergency Medicine. We offer world-class emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Center City and Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia.

Both Hospitals' Emergency Departments are staffed by attending and resident physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, technicians and staff specially trained in emergency medicine.

Children with a Fever

If your child is very uncomfortable with a fever, treatment may be necessary. Treating your child's fever will not help the body get rid of the infection any quicker; it simply will relieve discomfort associated with fever. Contact the pediatricians on staff at Jefferson who will help to manage the symptoms and diagnose and treat the fever.

However, a fever that goes above 102 degrees Fahrenheit is a cause for concern, and you should seek treatment by your primary care physician. Any fever that rises above 105 degrees Fahrenheit is a life-threatening medical emergency; seek immediate medical attention.