I'm a 17 year old girl at boarding school, and as part of our yearly checkup, we get given the influenza vaccine. Last year, I had no issues with this at all. However this year (three days ago to be precise), I felt instantly woozy and weak after having the shot. I know the possible side effects of the influenza shot, but then the next morning I noticed a painful lump above my left clavicle. I'm really prone to bronchitis and sinusitis, and have recently been treated for the latter last month, so I know all about the lymph nodes swelling as they fight infection.
But I've never had this lymph node swell up ever. And along with the lymph node swelling and after researching into cancers such as lymphoma, I have realised that I do seem to have twol of these symptoms- terrible sleepiness and night sweats.
I was really worried as the lump was still there so I asked the school nurse this morning (the second day running)- she says that it can't possibly be an effect of the flu shot as the virus was dead. However, I'm not so sure I want to believe her because the other possibilities terrify me as I've spent the past three days looking up the cause of swollen supraclavicular lymph nodes. Not too pleasant.
Is there anyone here who's experienced a similar problem after the flu vaccine? Am I being way too hypochondriacal or should I get this checked out? Half term's coming up on Friday so I get to see my mother again, but she too is worried. My family does have a bit of a history with blood cancers, but never a case as young as mine.