Flu shots are especially important for pregnant women and can protect pregnant women, their unborn babies, and even the baby after birth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. Changes in the immune system, heart and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from flu, which can lead to hospitalization or even in extreme cases death. A pregnant woman with the flu also has a greater chance of serious problems for her unborn baby, including miscarriage or preterm birth.“We are excited that Rite Aid is joining us not only to expand the reach of text4baby, but also most importantly, to help mothers, mothers-to-be and their babies stay healthy during their pregnancy and beyond,” said Sarah Colamarino, Johnson & Johnson vice president of strategic partnerships. “Our long-standing relationship and shared interest in helping women and children live healthier lives makes Rite Aid a perfect partner.” Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with more than 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2013 annual revenues of $25.4 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company's website at www.riteaid.com. Text4baby is the nation’s largest mobile health information service, reaching over 600,000 moms since launch in 2010. It is a service of the nonprofit National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, provided in partnership with Voxiva. Support from founding sponsor Johnson & Johnson allows text4baby to implement the program and provide free materials and resources for over 1,000 partners nationwide. The service is free for participants thanks to The Wireless Foundation and participating mobile carriers. To learn more, please visit www.text4baby.org. *The text4baby and Rite Aid Free Flu Shot Program is available in 31 states and Washington D.C. for the first 10,000 mothers to redeem a coupon code. To obtain a coupon code you must have received a text message, through text4baby, inviting you to take part in the program and replied “yes” to have that code sent to your phone. The code is non transferrable and may be used once. Other terms and conditions may apply. Check with your local Rite Aid. Vaccines available while supplies last and subject to state regulations. In its sole discretion, Rite Aid reserves the right to make changes to this program as necessary to comply with applicable laws and regulations.