Officials in Samoa have directed unvaccinated people to hang red flags outside their homes to help door-to-door vaccinators deployed to fight the country’s measles outbreak.
The case count crept up to 4,217 Thursday; the death toll, 62—including 54 babies and children under 5, Al Jazeera reports.
A 2-day travel ban and shutdown of schools and nonessential services emptied streets, making way for the vaccinators. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi promised to get vaccination coverage to 90% (up from 55%), the BBC reports.
With the closures, mobile clinics, and public awareness efforts, Samoa’s government is doing all the right things, Rene Najera of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health told The Washington Post.
But they’re up against public mistrust over vaccines—and it takes about 93% vaccine coverage to prevent a measles outbreak, he says.