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My dachshund reacted that way to all her injections, and also got the hard lumps you are warned about in the literature. We took her back in at least once for a check. She was always fine, and the vet assured us that some puppies handle it worse than others. For her, they prescribed Benadryl for the 24 hours after the shot. Baxter, my Hav, had no problems and needed no Benadryl.
I think the serious things to worry about are the anaphylactic (I'm sure I spelled that wrong) symptoms listed above -- breathing problems, etc.
There are lots of folks on this site (Dave, among many) who have advice about what non-required shots to avoid. I wish I had known that was possible when I was doing vaccinations. Hopefully, someone will jump in with that information. In my opinion, there's no sense in even putting them through the discomfort if it isn't truly necessary.