Dr. James Pierog Discusses Fever in Children

A fever itself causes no harm and can even be a good thing, Dr. James Pierog, medical director of emergency medical services at CHOC Children’s, tells “American Health Journal.”

A fever is a way that the body fights infections, and may be caused by a variety of things, including a simple virus that needs no intervention or a serious bacterial infection, he says.

Learn more about fevers and when a child should go to the emergency room in “American Health Journal,” a television program that airs on PBS and other national network affiliates that reach more than 30 million households.

Each 30-minute episode features six segments with a diverse range of medical specialists discussing a full spectrum of health topics. For more information, visit www.discoverhealth.tv.


James Pierog, M.D., is an emergency medicine specialist who is board certified in emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine. He attended medical school at UCLA. He completed an internship in internal medicine and his residency in emergency medicine at the USC, Los Angeles County Medical Center.

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