Shingles can occur in many areas of the body. If the outbreak is on his chest, back, abdomen, etc., where it can be easily covered by clothing, the risk of transfer will not be very high. If it is on his face, then more caution against direct skin-to-skin contact should be exercised.
Assuming that he is currently under treatment, usually with an oral anti-viral medication, this will also reduce the chance of spreading it to others.
Your two year old is vulnerable, assuming they had a varicella (chicken pox) vaccination at age one. If not, exposure to shingles can actually give an unimmunized person chicken pox. For you, assuming you had chicken pox as a child (or the vaccine), you are also vulnerable from direct skin-to-skin contact.
Do the best that you can without treating your husband like a leper. Not everyone who is exposed will even get it, but a few simple precautions, like covering the area with clothing, will help.
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