I live in a rural area outside of Tacoma. I did a TON of research when I learned that not vaxing was an option. I spent many years thinking that for your child to go to school, they HAD to be vaccinated- I never knew this was optional. My son always had terrible reactions and high fevers in response to vaccines. I was SO GLAD to learn I did not "have" to vaccinate. With my daughter it was an easy choice- she had siezures in response to vaccines. She is, and will always be, completely unvaccinated. Her ped does not even push for vaccines, and agrees that he would never try to give her one again.
When I was weighing what I felt was important I did a lot of research into what was common in the area. Im generally against vaxing, but I worked as a nurse and was exposed to all kinds of thing I knew I was possibly bringing home to my children. So, the only vaccinations my son has had since is the DpT. I want him to have a tetnus shot because we live on a farm- I think its important. And pertussis is RAMPANT in out area. Working in hospitals I saw so much devastation and heart ache and very sick children- I knew that for my child and because of the rate of pertussis in our area, and my constant exposure to it, plus my sons asthma, I wanted him to have that particular vaccine. That was a personal preference that I developed based on my own research and beliefs.
I dont find measles or mumps to be scarier than the MMR. I personally believe the MMR is one of the most dangerous vaccines out there, and that the effects my children would have from contracting any of those viruses are far less harmful than the potential effects of the vaccine.
In fact, in King and Kitsap counties there have been reported cases of Measles in the last few weeks, and Im not terrified by that fact at all.