A study in the November 1, 2011 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology reports that a higher body temperature, like that resulting from a fever, has been found to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the body’s immune system.

Previously, researchers thought that fever helped stop dangerous microbes from multiplying. This new study and several others are also showing that the immune system function is temporarily increased when body temperature rises when a person has a fever.

CD8+ cytotoxic T-cells are able to attack and destroy tumor cells as well as cells infected with viruses. This study found that a higher body temperature raises the number of these cells, indicating a greater immune system response against infection.

In a statement, John Wherry, Ph.D., deputy editor of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, said, “having a fever might be uncomfortable, … but this research report and several others are showing that having a fever is part of an effective immune response.”

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