Lifestyle Health Shortage of Common Antibiotics Is Impacting Children amid Rise of Respiratory Illnesses The FDA has reported shortages of vital medications used to treat the common illnesses among children, including the flu, ear infections and sore throats By Vanessa Etienne Vanessa Etienne Twitter Vanessa Etienne is an Emerging Content Writer-Reporter for PEOPLE. Prior to joining in April 2021, she served as a reporter for Men's Health Magazine and BET Digital after freelancing for publications such as The New York Times and Everyday Health. Originally from northern Virginia, Vanessa is a proud Haitian American with a love for R&B music and mental health topics. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor's in Communication and Public Relations before earning her master's degree in Journalism from the City University of New York. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 23, 2022 12:10 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Getty. Pharmacists across the country are experiencing shortages in vital medications used to treat common illnesses among children, including the flu, ear infections and sore throats. The FDA and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists have reported shortages in common antibiotics like Tamiflu, amoxicillin, and augmentin. "Right now, we are having severe shortages of medications. There's no Tamiflu for children. There's barely any Tamiflu for adults. And this is brand-name and generic," Renae Kraft, a relief pharmacist in Oklahoma City, told CNN. "As far as antibiotics go, there's not a whole lot." Michael Ganio, senior director of pharmacy practice and quality for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, told the outlet that the shortages are not a manufacturing problem, but "it's just increased demand ahead of schedule and higher than usual." RSV Illness Surge Fills More Than 70% of U.S. Pediatric Hospital Beds Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that flu season arrived over a month earlier than usual this year, and the country has seen a dramatic rise in respiratory illnesses. The agency also revealed that several states have experienced an increase of pediatric hospitalizations. With a shortage of medications, pharmaceutical companies have been forced to speed up production. "In my 25 years of being a pediatrician, I've never seen anything like this," Dr. Stacene Maroushek, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Hennepin Healthcare in Minnesota, told CNN. "I have seen families who just aren't getting a break. They have one viral illness after another. And now there's the secondary effect of ear infections and pneumonia that are prompting amoxicillin shortages." The FDA has reportedly issued guidance to pharmacists for filling medications for children amid the shortage.