Question of the day: Someone in the family has shingles. Can my child catch it?

Answer: Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus that lives in your nerves after infection (and somewhat after vaccination too.) Shingles is contagious to others as chicken pox, and it is really not very contagious – especially if the rash is covered. Children are routinely vaccinated for chicken pox (varicella) at 12 months and 4 years. If your child has gotten at least one vaccine, the risk is very low.