White blood cells (WBCs), also called leukocytes, are the front lines of defense when it comes to our bodies fighting off germs or infection. When we are sick, the immune system snaps into response mode by sending white blood cells to fight off the foreign infection—by either producing protective antibodies or by devouring the bacteria.
Here are ten significant facts to keep in mind when it comes to your white blood cell count…
1. Average WBC Count
An average adult has about 7,000 in each micro-liter of blood, of course, at the first sign of infection, this number increases (by up to 25,000 per micro-liter of blood) in order to fight off the germs.