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How to deal with influenza: Fever may be used as treatment

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 18 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1238
  1. Alan W Fowler (, retired consultant orthopaedic surgeon
  1. Bridgend CF31 1QJ

    EDITOR—Because there is no specific treatment for influenza, Jefferson's editorial and the accompanying articles concentrate on vaccination and chemoprophylaxis.1 However, I plead for recognition that fever may be used as a non-specific treatment of flu. The fever is not just an unpleasant symptom of flu but a crucial part of the body's defence mechanism that should be encouraged.

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